Supporters of Kulbhushan Jadhav celebrate after International Court of Justice's verdict, in Mumbai. Image Credit: PTI

New Delhi: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday welcomed the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) verdict to put on hold the death sentence of Kulbhushan Jadhav in an alleged espionage case.

“We welcome today’s verdict in the ICJ. Truth and justice have prevailed. Congratulations to the ICJ for a verdict based on extensive study of facts. I am sure Kulbhushan Jadhav will get justice. Our government will always work for the safety and welfare of every Indian,” Modi tweeted.

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar tweeted “Satyameva Jayate” (victory of truth) after the ICJ ruling in the case.

“Spoken to #Kulbhushan’s family. Applaud their courage. Satyameva Jayate,” Jaishankar tweeted, attaching the Ministry of External Affairs’ statement on the subject.

Legal luminaries specialising in international law on Wednesday termed the decision of the ICJ as a “big win” for India.

Commenting on the denial of consular access, senior advocate Vikas Singh said: “The world court recognised the gross injustice as by denying Jadhav consular access Pakistan blatantly breached the Vienna Convention. As the court asked Pakistan to reconsider the sentence to Jadhav, I do not think he will get a fair trial. It seems there will be a second trial at ICJ.”