New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Refuting Pakistan claim India on Thursday said that its officials were not given “unimpeded” consular access to Indian prisoner on death row Kulbhushan Jadhav, adding that Jadhav was “visibly under stress”.

“The consular officers were not given unimpeded, unhindered and unconditional access to Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan. On the contrary, Pakistani officials with an intimidating demeanour were present in close proximity of Jadhav and Consular Officers despite the protests of the Indian side,” said the Ministry of External Affairs.

"It was also evident from a camera that was visible that the conversation with Jadhav was being recorded. He was visibly under stress and indicated that clearly to the Consular Officers. The arrangements did not permit a free conversation between them," it added.

The MEA said that the consular access offered by Pakistan was neither meaningful not credible as the officials could not engage Jadhav on his legal rights and were prevented from obtaining his written consent for arranging his legal representation. “After lodging a protest, they left the venue,” the MEA said.

"It is clear that Pakistan’s approach to this matter continues to be obstructive & insincere. It has not only violated its assurance to the International Court of Justice to fully implement the 2019 judgement, but also failed to act in accordance with its own Ordinance," added the MEA.

Earlier today, Pakistan provided consular access to Indian prisoner on death row Kulbhushan Jadhav, days after Islamabad claimed that he has refused to file an appeal in a court here against his conviction by a military court.

According to reports, there was an agreement on filing a review petition against Jadhav’s death sentence after India got consular access to Jadhav for two hours. 

Jadhav, the 50-year-old retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of "espionage and terrorism" in April 2017. Weeks later, India approached the ICJ against Pakistan for denial of consular access to Jadhav and challenging the death sentence.

The Hague-based ICJ ruled in July last year that Pakistan must undertake an "effective review and reconsideration" of the conviction and sentence of Jadhav and also to grant consular access to India without further delay.

Posted By: Abhinav Guota