Of the 11 judges presiding over the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), one is a Padma Bhushan awardee and former Indian Supreme Court judge, Dalveer Bhandari.
Playing varied roles, Justice Bhandari has been part of the Indian judiciary for more than 40 years.
Born on October 1, 1947, Dalveer Bhandari studied humanities and law from Jodhpur University. He worked as an advocate at the Rajasthan High Court between 1968 and 1970. In 1970, the University of Chicago invited him for a six-week workshop on Indian law research. In the same year he began his Master of Law degree on scholarship in the United States of America.
Returning to India three years later, Bhandari continued his practice of law at the Rajasthan High Court. He shifted to Delhi in 1976 and served as a judge at the Delhi High Court till 2004, post which he took over as Chief Justice at the Bombay High Court.
2005 onward, Bhandari continued his contribution to the judicial system of India as a judge at the Supreme Court of India. After retiring from this position in the year 2012, he got elected as a judge at the International Court of Justice with a heavy majority and will continue in this position until 2018.
As a judge at the Supreme Court of India, Bhandari has passed many landmark judgments one of which was granting divorce to a couple on grounds of “irretrievable breakdown of marriage”. His suggestion is now being considered for inclusion in the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955.
Justice Bhandari is a member of the India Chapter of the International Law Association since 1994 and was also unanimously elected President of the India International Law Foundation in 2007 and continues to serve in the position.
Apart from being awarded the Padma Bhushan, Justice Dalveer Bhandari has also been conferred with the first Justice Nagendra Singh International Peace Award, an award named after late Justice Nagendra Singh, a distinguished Judge and President of the International Court of Justice.
The man has now hit the headlines for his contribution in the hearing of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case, an Indian detained and sentenced to death by Pakistan over charges of terrorism and spying. The case was eventually moved to the International Court of Justice by India and a stay on his death sentence was ordered by the panel of 11 judges which included Justice Dalveer Bhandari.