New Delhi: Justice Dalveer Bhandari was re-elected to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), after United Kingdom withdrew its candidate, according to media reports on Tuesday.
Justice Bhandari and United Kingdom’s Christopher Greenwood were locked in tough fight for re-election and the UN was unable to decide between them after electing four out of five judges to the ICJ, media reported.
Justice Bhandari, 70, received 183-193 votes in the General Assembly and secured all 15 votes in the Security Council to fill the final vacancy on the ICJ after separate but simultaneous elections were held at the U.N. headquarters in New York, The Hindu reported .
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Justice Bhandari on his re-election: “I congratulate Justice Dalveer Bhandari on being re-elected to the International Court of Justice. His re-election is a proud moment for us,” he tweeted.
“Congratulations to Justice Dalveer Bhandari on his re-election as a Judge of the ICJ. Huge efforts by Team – MEA. Syed Akbaruddin @AkbaruddinIndia our Permanent Representative in UN deserves a special mention,” tweeted External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
PM Modi also congratulated MEA Sushma Swaraj and expressed his gratitude to members of the United Nations General Assembly and the U.N. Security Council.
He tweeted, “Congratulations to EAM @SushmaSwaraj and her entire team at MEA & diplomatic missions for their untiring efforts that have led to India’s re-election to ICJ. Our deep gratitude to all the members of UNGA as well as UNSC for their support and trust in India.”
President of India Ram Nath Kovind also congratulated Justice Bhandari. He said, “Congratulations to Justice Dalveer Bhandari for his re-election to the ICJ. A diplomatic milestone for India.”
“Judge Bhandari’s election to ICJ brings cheer to a billion Indians,” said India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin.
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