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Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

SC in favor of Hadiya; will hear her version on Oct 30

SC in favor of Hadiya; will hear her version on Oct 30

However, responding to the court's question as a senior advocate, Mr. Singh said the High Court in its decision had referred to a Full Bench decision of the Kerala High Court which had held that a High Court can act as parent qua to adult children in certain circumstances.

The apex court has been hearing an appeal filed by a Muslim man, Shafin Jahan, who challenged a Kerala High Court order of May 24 that led to the annulment of his marriage with a 24-year-old Hindu woman who had in December converted to Islam. In August, the Apex court did not stay the order of Kerala HC directing NIA to inquire the matter. The apex court directed the National Investigation Agency to investigate the alleged forced conversion.

Earlier, the Kerala government on Saturday told the Supreme Court that there is no need for an NIA probe in the alleged love jihad case. The Commission and the government should also immediately ensure that friends and well wishers are allowed to meet Hadiya and that she is allowed access to a phone and communication beyond the walls of her parental home, they said.

Taking a strong stand, the Kerala government also told the court that the probe by its state police did not find any of the scheduled offences being committed that warranted a probe by the NIA.

The ASG said the NIA was asked by this court to probe and the high court considered various aspects in annulling the marriage.

"The crime branch of Kerala police had conducted the investigation.in an efficient and honest manner".

Nimsha was final year dental student in Kasargod where she met and married a Christian youth, who later got converted to Islam along with her.

It was on the basis of a habeas corpus petition filed by Hadiya's (born Akhila) father Ashokan, that the HC had called her marriage to Shafin Jahan a sham. "If Your Lordships are asking me for a purely legal question, the High Court can not annul such a marriage".

Dave's statement led to a war of words with ASG Singh, prompting the Court to adjourn the matter for 30 October.

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