Harish Salve is the most expensive because he is considered best by the richest and most powerful Indians across the board. But you will not believe the amount fees he charged India to fight the case of an Indian trapped in Pakistan!
Harish Salve, who fought India’s case at the International Court of Justice against the death penalty given to Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan, has charged just Re 1 as fee, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said today.
“Not fair. #HarishSalve has charged us Rs. 1/- as his fee for this case,” Swaraj tweeted.
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) May 15, 2017
Her tweet came in response to a tweet by one Sanjeev Goyal, who said India could have got any good lawyer with much less fee than what Salve must have charged for fighting the case.
Salve’s powerful arguments and presentation not only made an international buzz but also won the Twitter over. Throughout the proceedings, Indian Twiterrati couldn’t help but be impressed by his skills. But all are not same, one of the social media users questioned India’s choice of using such an expensive lawyer for the case and argued on the same.
Salve was India’s lead attorney at the ICJ hearing the case of Indian national Jadhav.
India has petitioned the ICJ, urging that it immediately suspend Jadhav’s death sentence, expressing fears that Pakistan could execute him even before the hearing at ICJ.
Pakistan has alleged that Jadhav was an agent of India’s external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).
India has denied that he has any connection with the government.
India and Pakistan on Monday clashed at (ICJ over the fate of alleged ‘spy’ Jadhav with New Delhi invoking the court’s jurisdiction to see that the death sentence against him was annulled immediately.
But Pakistan rejected the plea on the ground that India had no right to invoke the jurisdiction of the UN’s highest court because the Vienna Convention does not provide for matters relating to spies, terrorists and those who indulge in espionage.
However, Islamabad suffered a jolt when it was not allowed by the court to play the video containing a purported confession by Jadhav, a former navy official, who India says was abducted from Iran and taken to Balochistan.
At the end of the day’s proceedings ICJ President Ronny Abraham announced that the verdict in the matter would be given “as soon as possible” and the date delivered in a public sitting.
The Indian case was put up strongly by Salve who demanded that Pakistan should annul Jadhav’s death sentence and see that he was not executed as his trial was held under “farcical” circumstances in violation of the Vienna Convention.