New Delhi- The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson, Randhir Jaiswal, announced today that the Indian government has a 60-day window to appeal in the highest court following the commutation of death sentences for 8 ex-navy personnel by Qatar's Court of Appeal. The verdict came weeks after the families filed an appeal against the initial decision by another court.
On October 26, the Navy veterans were sentenced to death by Qatar's Court of First Instance in an alleged espionage case. Addressing a press conference, Randhir Jaiswal stated, "The court order clarifies that the death penalty is overturned, and there are varying quantum of sentences. We have 60 days to appeal in the highest court."
The personnel were associated with Al Dahra Global Technologies, a private firm providing training and services to Qatar's armed forces. The MEA is in contact with the legal team and family members for further action.
In response to an extradition request for 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed, Jaiswal mentioned that all required documents have been submitted to Pakistan. On the Iran bombings, he condemned the incident and expressed solidarity with the people of Iran.
Regarding the Supreme Court's rejection of a plea for consular access to Nikhil Gupta, Jaiswal stated, "We haven't seen the order of the Apex Court, and can't comment until we review the formal order."
Concerns were raised about Indians receiving extortion calls in Canada, to which Jaiswal responded, "Indians getting extortion calls in Canada is concerning, and we have other security issues that need discussion."
Providing details about External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar's visit to Nepal, Jaiswal mentioned his meetings with the President and PM of Nepal and co-chairing the 7th India-Nepal Joint Commission meeting in Kathmandu.