The apex court on Thursday directed the Kerala police to render assistance to the NIA in submitting its report in the case of Shafin Jahan, a Muslim youth from Kerala whose marriage with Hadiya, a neo-convert Muslim girl, was annulled by the Kerala High Court.
The SC asked the Kerala police to help NIA in understanding whether there is any wider amplitude to the issue raised by Shafin.
A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud has, meanwhile, allowed Jahan to file his response to the NIA application.
The bench, however, took serious note of the objection raised by the counsel for Shafin that he was opposing the NIA's plea to peruse the investigation record of the case.
The bench said that it gathered the impression that "the petitioner (Jahan) does not desire the correct and independent view of the controversy" be brought before the court.
We want the whole picture. Why should anynody doubting the NIA. Are you doubting the NIASupreme Court
Earlier in the day, the NIA had moved the apex court seeking a direction that it be allowed to have access to the police records relating to the investigation into the case.
Shafin, who had married Hadia in last December, had moved the apex court after the Kerala High Court annulled his marriage saying that it was conducted without the “active involvement of her parents’’ and he had “no authority to act as the guardian’’.
The division bench of Kerala high court had earlier ordered a detailed probe into the allegation of the bid to recruit her to “Islamic State”.
During the hearing, though the girl had made it clear that she took the decision to leave Hindu religion and marry Shafin later on her own, the court decided to nullify the marriage saying it was conducted after her parents filed habeas corpus petition. Court also observed that since the marriage was solemnised without the presence of the girl's parents, it stands invalid and ordered to send Hadiya along with her parents under police protection. The girl is currently putting up in a private hostel in Ernakulam as per the court direction.
Akhila, who is a resident of Vaikom in Ernakulam had decided to convert to Islam in 2015 and reached a theological centre for neo-converts in Malappuram. In 2016, her father had moved a habeas corpus writ alleging that she has been missing. However, when the girl told the court that she left home on her own, the court had let her go. Subsequently, the father had filed another writ saying that she was targeted to recruit to Islamic State, after which Hadiya was sent to a police custody for about 35 days. However, Hadiya was freed after she wrote to the court asking to free her.