After Kerala High Court annulled the marriage of a Muslim man and Hindu girl, calling it "love Jihad", the Supreme Court, hearing a plea of the husband, has ordered the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe into the case.
The report has already been submitted to the Kerala High Court in a sealed cover. The police team has taken extra vigil. "Before forming any opinion or arriving at a conclusion, we would like to consider the NIA's probe report, inputs from the Kerala Police and talk to the woman", it said.
The Bench had observed that it gathered the "impression that the petitioner (Shafin Jahan) does not desire the correct and independent view of the controversy" to be brought before the apex court, and said: "We want to see whether it is an isolated case or a larger issue is involved (sic)". Jahan said that it was an insult to the independence of women in the country. "Role of one lady is under investigation".
"The entities also appear to be common". There is a pattern. A bench of Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice DY Chandrachud, ordering the probe, said the court "shall require the presence of the girl", before taking a final call. Also in case the NIA fails to reach the roots, the Kerala authorities will have ample scope to put the blame on the agency and get itself rid of any baggage. So, naturally, when the NIA will start its investigation after today's order of the Supreme Court, it will cover all such suspicious cases, the official said.
"These are very sensitive issues. You are being unfair". "Therefore we would speak to her at the last stage before passing any orders", the bench said.
The Bench stated that in order to carry out the investigation in a fair and impartial manner, Justice Raveendran will be supervising the investigation carried out by NIA.More news: Apple sets United States dollars 1 bln budget for original content
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Senior advocate Indira Jaising and Sibal opposed the name and suggested that since it was an inter-faith controversy the apex court must be careful in choosing a retired judge who should not be a resident of Kerala.
However, the court named Justice Raveendran when Sibal wanted someone from outside Kerala.
Jahan claimed Hadiya converted to Islam of her own volition two years prior to their marriage and sought direction to Hadiya's father to present her in court.
Shafin, who had married Akhila Ashokan in December last, had moved the apex court after the Kerala High Court annulled the marriage.
The central probe agency said there were other similar cases where allegations about a well-oiled mechanism to convert women from Hinduism to Islam were made.
The Indian high court described the wedding with the words, "love jihad", a term right-wing Indian groups use to allege a strategy for converting Hindu women through marriage, money or threat.