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Indian judge votes against Russia in ICJ in personal capacity: Government


New Delhi: The government on Thursday distanced itself from Indian judge Dalveer Bhandari’s vote against Russia in the International Court of Justice, saying those judges vote in their individual capacity. The court’s order for Russia to immediately suspend military operations in Ukraine was upheld by 13 judges. Two judges, one from China and the other from Russia, voted against it.
Asked about US comments that India’s deal for discounted Russian oil could put India on the wrong side of history, the government also reminded the West that many countries, especially in Europe, import energy from Russia. Was doing.
The re-election of Bhandari, a former Supreme Court judge and former Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court, to the ICJ in 2017 was described by Indian officials as a major diplomatic victory for India.
When asked about Bhandari’s vote, MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “They are in individual capacities and they vote on its merits. It is not appropriate to comment on how judges vote in the ICJ.” ”
“He is an Indian citizen who is a member of the ICJ in his personal capacity,” he said.
Bhandari’s vote in the top UN court is significant as it goes against the Indian official position which has seen the government refrain from voting on resolutions targeting Russia in the Security Council, the General Assembly and the Human Rights Council. While it has not condemned Russia’s actions in Ukraine, in a message to Moscow the government has repeatedly said that all states must respect the United Nations Charter, international law, and the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The US welcomed the ICJ order, saying it clearly and unequivocally asked Russia to end its invasion of Ukraine.
Asked whether India plans to import more oil from Russia, the spokesperson said almost all of India’s energy requirements are imported, and the country is always exploring new options.
He noted that “many countries are importing energy from Russia, especially into Europe.”
“India imports most of its oil requirements. Therefore, we are always exploring all possibilities in the global energy markets because of our oil requirements import situation. I don’t think Russia has been a major supplier,” he said.


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