The story of Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was arrested in Pakistan on charges of espionage, is rather strange.
Not many know that Jadhav and Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore were once batch mates in the National Defence Academy. While one went on to serve the country as a Navy personnel and eventually got awarded with a death sentence by Pakistan, the other became an Olympic medalist and minister in the Central Government.
The announcement of a death sentence for Indian soldier Kulbhushan Jadhav has led to strong criticism from the Indian Parliament as well as the public. While Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore remained silent in Lok Sabha over the issue, he is deeply concerned about his batch mate.
Rathore told the media that the two were companions at the NDA. He also said that the government of India will take all necessary steps at all possible platforms to prevent the execution of this sentence.
Reportedly, Kulbhushan Jadhav had joined the forces in 1987 and was appointed in the engineering branch of the Navy in 1991. He took retirement after 14 years of service. Post this he allegedly entered intelligence operations for India in 2003 and set up a small business in Chabahar, Iran from where he was abducted by Pakistani agencies for illegal entry into Pakistan via Iran.