NEW DELHI -  International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Tuesday fixed April 17, 2018, and July 17, 2018, respectively, for India and Pakistan as the respective time limits for filing of written pleadings in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, reported Times of India.

According to a statement issued by the principal judicial organ of the UN, the ICJ authorised the submission of a reply by India and of a rejoinder by Pakistan in the Jadhav case. “The Court fixed 17 April 2018 and 17 July 2018 as the respective time limits for the filing of these written pleadings,” said the statement.

It said the ICJ made its decision taking into account the views of the parties and the circumstances of the case.

Jadhav, 46, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April, following which India moved The Hague-based ICJ in May last year. The ICJ had instructed Pakistan that it should “take all measures at its disposal” to prevent the execution of Jadhav.

Earlier, India had approached the ICJ and accused Pakistan of violating Article 36 of the Vienna Convention for refusing to provide consular access to Jadhav.

Pakistan said its security forces arrested Jadhav alias Hussein Mubarak Patel from Balochistan on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. India, however, maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy.