After high court annuls marriage, Supreme Court orders NIA to probe 'love jihad' case
The top court said that before passing its verdict, it would require the inputs from the woman, Akhila, the NIA and the Kerala Police. Photograph: (Zee News Network)
The Supreme Court of India has asked the National Investigating Agency (NIA) to investigate the annulment of the marriage of a Muslim man by the Kerala High Court for alleged "love jihad".
The top court directed the NIA to probe the case under the supervision of retired judge of the top court, Justice RV Ravindran.
The NIA has recently conducted probes into some cases of 'love jihad,' in which some women were allegedly being sent to Syria to join the Islamic State.
The woman, Akhila, a Hindu, had converted to Islam and then married the man, Shafeen Jahan.
While dissolving the marriage, the Kerala High Court had described the case as an instance of 'love jihad' and ordered the state police to conduct probe into such cases.
The petitioner, Shafeen Jahan, moved the top court against the high court order, stating that the annulment of his marriage was an insult to the independence of women in the country.
The Supreme Court said that before passing its verdict, it would require the inputs from the woman, the NIA and the Kerala Police.
The court "shall require the presence of the girl", the bench of Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice DY Chandrachud said.
The order came after Kapil Sibal, counsel for the petitioner said the court should decide the matter after speaking to the girl.
The girl's father had alleged that there was a "well-oiled systematic mechanism" for conversion and Islamic radicalisation.
The Supreme Court had asked the father of the woman to bring material on record in support of his claims, terming the matter as "serious" and "sensitive".