Kulbhushan Jadhav

Kulbhushan Jadhav
Allegiance   India
Service Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) (alleged)
Active 2003–2016
Codename(s) Hussain Mubarak Patel (alleged)

Birth name Kulbhushan Jadhav [1]
Born (1970-04-16) 16 April 1970 (age 47) [2]
Nationality Indian
Residence Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Parents Sudhir Jadhav (father) [3]
Avanti Jadhav (mother) [4]
Occupation Naval officer (Pakistani claim)
Ex-naval officer (Indian claim)
Military career
Service/branch   Indian Navy
Years of service 1987–present (Pakistani claim)
1987–2001 (Indian claim)
Rank Commander

Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav (also spelled Kulbhushan Yadav, alias (alleged) Hussain Mubarak Patel) [5] [6] (born 16 April 1970) is an Indian national who was arrested in Balochistan, Pakistan, over charges of terrorism and spying for India's intelligence agency--- Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). [7] [8] [9] [10]

The Pakistani government states that he is a serving commander in the Indian Navy who was involved in subversive activities inside Pakistan, and was arrested on 3 March 2016 during a counter-intelligence operation in Balochistan. [11] [12] [13] [14] The Indian government recognises Jadhav as a former naval officer, but denies any current links with him and maintains that he took premature retirement and was possibly abducted from Iran. [15] [16] [17]

On 10 April 2017, Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Field General Court Martial (FGCM) in Pakistan. [18] [19] [20] [21] On 18 May 2017, the International Court of Justice stayed the hanging, after India approached it against the death sentence. [22]


Jadhav was born in Sangli, Maharashtra, on 16 April 1970 to Sudhir and Avanti Jadhav. [3] [4] [23] His father is a retired Mumbai Police officer. [4] [24]

Jadhav is married and has two children. [25] His family resides in Powai, Mumbai. [23] [24] According to reports in the Pakistani media, Jadhav joined the Indian National Defence Academy in 1987 and was commissioned in the engineering branch of the Indian Navy in 1991. [5]

Pakistani media has also reported that , he began to gather information and intelligence within India, after the 2001 attack on the Parliament of India. After 14 years of service he was inducted into intelligence operations in 2003, and established a small business in Chabahar in Iran from where, he made several undetected visits to Karachi and Balochistan.. [26] [27] [9]

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