Hearing on transition of Akhila Asokan to Hadiya Shafin Jahan
National Investigative Agency (NIA) was advocated by the Supreme Court Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra to pursue with its probe into the alleged love jihad case of Hadiya rather than snooping into the nuptial status of the couple.
Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud opined that they are least bothered of THE probe or finding the culprit, but inquiry on their marital status is prohibited. The statement by Kerala-based woman Hadiya, alleged to be a victim of love jihad had married Shafin Jahan on her own, proved crucial.
The bench also added that they would give forethought if the Kerala High Court was factual in revoking the knot while hearing a habeas corpus petition. The next hearing stands on February 22. Last year November 27 saw the controversial decision by the apex court to allow Hadiya pursue her studies, releasing from parental custody.