All efforts on to secure justice for Jadhav: Rajnath

Home Minister refutes Pakistan claim that he was given fair trial

Published - April 14, 2017 09:23 pm IST - Kolkata

Kolkata: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh interacts with the media in Kolkata on Friday. PTI Photo by Swapan Mahapatra (PTI4_14_2017_000188B)

Kolkata: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh interacts with the media in Kolkata on Friday. PTI Photo by Swapan Mahapatra (PTI4_14_2017_000188B)

Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday refuted Pakistan’s claim of a fair trial being given to retired Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav and said all efforts were being made to secure justice for the Indian national.

“I do not agree with what Pakistan has said. Kulbhushan Jadhav did not get a fair trial,” he told a press meet here.

“All efforts are being made to secure justice for Jadhav. We will do everything,” he added.

Pakistan, earlier in the day, said the death sentence to Mr. Jadhav was based on “credible” and “specific” evidence that proved his involvement in spying and terror activities and that a more active diplomacy was needed to arrest the “growing crises” in Indo-Pakistan ties. Pakistan Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said due process of law was followed in the trial of the 46-year-old Jadhav.

The Home Minister said a meagre two percent voting during repolling in 38 polling stations under the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency in Kashmir is a “matter of concern.”

“We are thinking, not only thinking but have decided. We will do something,” he said, refusing to elaborate.

On the recent videos of paramilitary forces tying up “stone-pelters” to a vehicle as a human shield, the Home Minister claimed ignorance.

Mr. Singh said that he was not aware of any such development and would comment only after he had full information.

“Whenever there is a crisis in Kashmir security forces take extraordinary risks to save the locals. Therefore the role of the security forces cannot be demeaned,” he said.

Commenting on the recent riots in Bhadrak town of Odisha, the Home Minister said that he held talks with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

“He asked for additional forces and we have provided them to the State,” he said.

( With inputs from Shiv Sahay Singh )

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