Kerala, Oct 7: The Kerala government on Saturday filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court saying there isn’t a need for the NIA (National Investigation Agency) inquiry into the alleged conversion and marriage of a Hindu woman to a Muslim man in the state. India’s top court had directed NIA to get into the roots of the matter to trace the truth.
“Kerala Police is investigating the case in an effective manner and it has not put forward any offences that sanctioned the probe by NIA- that deals with terror-related cases,” said the Pinarayi Vijayan government before the Apex court.
“Kerala police competent to investigate such crimes & would’ve reported to Centre if any scheduled offence would’ve been found (sic),” the Left government further added in the affidavit.
Besides this, it also said, “In view of the order passed by SC, report of the case has been handed over to NIA, in compliance with such order.”
The Kerala government had earlier made it clear that they did not have any issue with the NIA inquiry, reported Hindustan Times.
The case grabbed eyeballs after a doctor Akhila Ashokan (now Hadiya) converted to Islam. She later married a Muslim youth from Kollam, Shefin Jahan.
Hadiya’s father disregarded the marriage and knocked the doors of Kerala High Court alleging that his daughter was brainwashed and converted to Islam forcibly.
“My daughter would be dispatched to Syria and forced to join ISIS just like 21 people missing from the state who as reports have joined the terror outfit,” claimed Ashokan, Hadiya’s father.
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The Kerala High Court in May had annulled the marriage of Hadiya. In August, the Apex court did not stay the order of Kerala HC directing NIA to inquire the matter.
Later, the bench of SC headed by Chief Justice Deepak Mishra questioned the August 16 order and also raised eyebrows over the father of Hadiya for keeping his daughter in his custody for four months. The case would be heard on Monday.