The Supreme Court on Thursday set aside a Kerala High Court order and allowed Hadiya to live with her husband, Shefin Jahan. A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and comprising justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, however, allowed the National Investigation Agency to continue its investigation into the case.
Hadiya, formerly called Akhila, is a Hindu woman from Kerala who embraced Islam and married Jahan, a Muslim. The Kerala HC had annulled their marriage and sent Hadiya to her parents’ custody in May last year. This order was later stayed by the SC, which directed Hadiya to return to college, the principal of which was appointed by her guardian.
The NIA, meanwhile, has been probing whether Hadiya was forced to convert to Islam before marrying Jahan. The NIA’s probe, on direction from the SC, began in August last year. The agency claims a “pattern” of conversion in Kerala.