Love jihad

Supreme Court to Investigate Love Jihad Case

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today said the National Investigation Agency (NIA) would probe the love jihad case under the supervision of apex court’s retired judge Justice R.V. Raveendran.

A division Bench of the court, headed by Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and also comprising Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, said this after hearing from the girl’s and other side.

It had earlier issued notice to the NIA and the Kerala Government after hearing a plea filed by a Kerala-based lady’s alleged husband seeking her custody in the case.

The court also said that the woman’s version must be taken into consideration in the matter. The court had on August 4 issued notice to the NIA and the Kerala Government on the alleged love jihad case and sought a response from them.

It may be recalled that the love jihad case is pertaining to a Hindu woman converting to Islam and marrying a Muslim man.

The NIA told the SC Bench that it has a prima facie view that Akhila Ashokan’s conversion to Islam and marriage to a Muslim man was not an isolated incident.

NIA counsel ASG Maninder Singh told the SC that in other cases same players were involved in converting young Hindu girls, who had difference with their parents, to Islam.

The Kerala government said that if the apex court wants an NIA probe, it has no objections. The SC said that after getting inputs from the NIA and the Kerala police probe, it would interview Akhila to ascertain her views.

However, Shafin Jahan, to whom Akhila married after conversion before the Kerala HC annulled their marriage, objected to Justice Radhakrishnan being made supervisor of the NIA probe.

Senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Indira Jaising, arguing on behalf of Shafin, said it was an inter-faith controversy and that the SC should be careful in choosing the retired judge.