The Supreme Court on Thursday said it would soon pass an order in connection with the HC’s annulment of marriage of a Kerala-based woman in the alleged ‘love jihad’ case.
The apex court three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra and also comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, asked, Maninder Singh, the lawyer appearing for the NIA (National Investigating Agency) to continue their probe without interfering with the marriage of Hadiya.
The three-judge bench of the apex court said you can continue your (NIA) investigation in all the way but not into their marriage.Singh submitted to the apex court that the probe is almost complete.CJI Misra reiterated that no investigation wouldbe allowed on the status of Hadiya’s marriage.
The court observed during the course of the hearing, “how can the HC annul a marriage between two consenting adults under Art.226 of the Constitution of India.”
Kerala Love Jihad case victim, Hadiya (also known as Akhila) had on February 20, filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court and stated that she is a Muslim and wanted to remain as a Muslim.Hadiya, in her affidavit, also stated that she wanted to remain as the wife of Safin Jahan.This affidavit comes after the Supreme Court had passed a detailed order on November last year.
On November 27, last year, the Supreme Court had in its order directed that Hadiya be taken to Shivaraj, Homeopathy college at Salem, Tamil Nadu to continue and pursue her 11-month career/ studies. The apex court also said that the college authorities had to make all the necessary arrangements for her hostel facilities to complete her studies there.
The Supreme Court had also said that the Dean of the university will act as her local guardian there. When Hadiya had appeared before the top court three-judge bench, headed by CJI Misra, she told the SC that she wanted to remain free and wanted to live a life with freedo.