Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav (also spelled Kulbhushan Yadav, reported alias Hussain Mubarak Patel) (born 16 April 1970) is an Indian national who was arrested in the Pakistani province of Balochistan on charges of terrorism and spying for India’s intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing. On 10 April 2017, Indian foreign ministry said he had been “kidnapped last year from Iran and his subsequent presence in Pakistan has never been explained credibly”.
The Pakistani government said that he was a commander in the Indian Navy who was involved in subversive activities inside Pakistan and was arrested on 3 March 2016 during a counter-intelligence operation in Balochistan.The Indian government recognised Jadhav as a former naval officer but denied any current links with him and maintained that he took premature retirement and was abducted from Iran.
On 10 April 2017, Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Field General Court Martial in Pakistan.On 18 May 2017, the International Court of Justice stayed the execution pending the final judgement on the case.On 17 July 2019, the court rejected India’s appeal for Jadhav’s release and ordered Pakistan to suspend the execution. It ruled that Pakistan will have to review the entire process of trial and conviction of Kulbhushan Jadhav and provide India with consular access Pakistan granted consular access to India, once. However subsequent request were blocked.
Jadhav is married and has two children.His family resides in Powai, Mumbai. According to reports in the Pakistani media, the Indian National Defence Academy in 1987 and , Jadhav joined commissioned in the engineering branch of the Indian Navy in 1991.
Pakistani media has also reported that he began to gather information and intelligence within India after the 2001 attack on the Parliament of India. After 14 years of service, he was inducted into intelligence operations in 2003 and established a small business in Chabahar in Iran from where he made several undetected visits to Karachi and Balochistan.
Confirming the development, Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that they have agreed to India’s demand to not have a security personnel during the meeting.
However, Qureshi said that the Indian officials who came to meet Jadhav on Thursday left without hearing him out. “[Jhadav] kept asking the Indian diplomats to talk to him and they left,” claimed Qureshi.