We do not know Kulbhushan Jadhav's location or health condition: MEA

Baglay said they had clearly informed the Pakistan High Commissioner that the Government of India will consider this as a "premeditated murder" as he was kidnapped despite lack of evidence, he was tried and consular access was denied. "We will not let down our people, but at the same time we do believe that there is an aspect to being human", she added. "I won't like to speculate on the steps about the future at this stage, or who we will talk to and who will not talk to", he said.

"We are not aware of where he has been kept and Pakistan has not told us".

Baglay said that India doesn't have any knowledge of either Jadhav's location or condition.

Reiterating External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's assertion, Baglay said lack of evidence and denial of consular access shows that charges levelled against Jadhav are baseless.

Attacking the Pakistani establishment, the MEA spokesperson said, "So far Pakistan has denied all our requests for consular access".

He trashed the secret trial by the Pakistani military court as "completely opaque". "There is no credibility in the trial".

He added that Pakistan has violated the basic tenets of the bilateral agreement on consular access and all global conventions.

Congress leader P.C. Chacko told ANI that there is absolutely no allegation against Jadhav about the espionage activity in which he was involved. The verdict is indefensible.

"No due process has been followed in the proceedings which is complete violation of basic norms of law, justice and worldwide relations", he added.

A Pakistani military court had recently sentenced 46-year-old Jadhav to death after declaring him a "spy".

Stating that Jadhav's matter is associated with the sentiments of the nation, Baglay said the Parliament has spoken in one voice on it and would ensure justice to the former. "He was legally doing business there", he said, adding that he had no information about the progress of investigations. We don't have the any consular access but what we are getting about Jadhav that he was carrying Indian passport.

  • Leroy Wright