Reacting to the verdict, Hadiya's father KM Asokan Thursday said he would consider moving a review petition in the Supreme Court against its judgement setting aside a Kerala High Court order annulling her marriage with a Muslim man.
He expressed satisfaction at the Supreme Court stating that the NIA may continue its investigation in the matter. He also sought a recall of the court's order of 16 August, directing the NIA to investigate the controversial case of her conversion and marriage with him.
"Presently National Investigation Agency is not an impartial body (but) still good and honest officers are serving in it who I personally know", said Shareef, HT reported. "The court has no right to annul marriage between consenting adults".
"(MENAFN - Colombo Gazette) wp-image-124264" src="https://i2.wp.com/colombogazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/98963201_mediaitem98963200.jpg?resize=253%2C142" alt=" width="253" height="142" data-recalc-dims="1" / An Indian woman at the centre of an inter-religious marriage row may now live with her husband, the Supreme Court has ruled.
"The Supreme Court has not cancelled the NIA investigation". The division bench presided by CJI Dipak Mishra also said that the HC breached their jurisdiction in taking the decision to nullify the marriage between Hadiya and Shefin. The apex court said the High Court should not have intervened. The bench also said that however good or bad a marriage is, the HC can not annul it, saying that "the state can not be allowed to enter into the marriage whether it approves of it or not".
He also denied the charge of "love jihad", a controversial term coined by fringe Hindu groups to describe what they claim is a conspiracy by Muslims to lure Hindus into marriage.He alleged that allegations against the Popular Front of India have been made with a sinister design.
"We accept the apex court's order as the law has to be respected". It is painful for me to see my daughter with an extremist, he said. That question, basic and astounding as it is, has been at the core of the legal ordeal that 24-year-old Hadiya (formerly Akhila Ashokan) has been forced to undergo over the last year.
Justice Misra said: "Let us assume for a moment that in the extreme event the marriage is a disguise to commit an offence".