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Supreme Court directs NIA probe into Muslim man’s nikah annulment case

Supreme Court directs NIA probe into Muslim man’s nikah annulment case

A bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar said the investigation into the matter will be supervised by the retired apex court judge R V Raveendran.

It directed the probe agency to furnish the report to it after completing the investigation.

The apex court bench, also comprising Justice D Y Chandrachud, made it clear that before taking the final decision in the case, it will take a view after considering the NIA’s probe report, inputs from the Kerala Police and also after talking to Hadiya alias Akhila.

AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi reacting to the development asked, “If someone chooses to change their religion will they become a threat to national security?”

On August 10, the apex court had asked the Kerala Police to share the probe details of the case with the NIA.

Love jihad?

The Love Jihad issue reached the apex court as 26-year-old Kerala-native Shafin Jahan challenged the annulment of his marriage by the Kerala High Court which ordered the state police to probe such cases.

The top court had said that it was entrusting the task to the NIA as a neutral agency to get a “whole picture” and ascertain whether the particular instance was limited to a “small pocket” or was there “something wider” to the issue.

Jahan, who had married a Hindu woman in last December, had moved the apex court after the Kerala High Court annulled his marriage, saying that it was an insult to the independence of women in the country.

The Akhila alias Hadiya, a Hindu had converted to Islam and was 24-years-old at the time of marriage with Jahan.

It was alleged that the woman was recruited by Islamic State’s mission in Syria and Jahan was only a stooge.

Earlier, the apex court had sought a response of the NIA and the Kerala government on the plea of Jahan.

Ashokan K M, the father of the woman, had alleged that there was a “well-oiled systematic mechanism” for conversion and Islamic radicalisation.

The NIA has recently conducted probe into some cases of ‘love jihad’ in which women were allegedly being sent to Syria to join the ISIS.

The high court, while declaring the marriage as “null and void”, had described the case as an instance of ‘love jihad’ and ordered the state police to conduct probe into such cases.

With PTI inputs