In a crucial order in the case relating to the conversion and marriage of Hadiya, a 24-year-old medico hailing from Vaikom in Kottayam, the Supreme Court on Monday asked the father of the woman to produce her before it on November 27.
Hadiya, aka Akhila, is in parental custody after the Kerala High Court annulled her marriage with Shefin Jahan, a Muslim youth hailing from Kollam. An NIA probe, ordered by the Supreme Court into Hadiya's conversion and marriage, is also on.
The Supreme Court on Monday heard the petition filed by Shefin challenging the High Court's order annulling his marriage and the apex court order for NIA probe.
Here are the main arguments and observations during the hearing in the Supreme Court.
The bench, comprising chief justice Dipak Misra and justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud, said:
• Hadiya should be produced before the apex court on November 27
• The counsel for Ashokan, Hadiya's father, should ensure that she is produced that day.
• The court will interact with the woman.
• Hadiya is an adult and her consent is prime.
• The SC will hear Hadiya's views in 'open trial.'
• Marriage is a personal affair. There is no law stating that a person can't marry a criminal.
• We will examine if parental authority can be exercised on a major.
The National Investigation Agency was represented by additional solicitor general Maninder Singh
• There is a well-oiled machinery working in Kerala for radicalization of people
• People with hypnotic expertise have been employed to manipulate young women
• They are indulging in the indoctrination and radicalization of society
• As many as 89 cases of similar nature have been reported in Kerala.
• The counsel appearing for Ashokan said Shefin was a radicalized man and several organizations like the Popular Front of India (PFI) are involved in such activity
• Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Shafin, opposed the NIA's submission and that of the woman's father.