New Delhi: Senior advocate V Giri may be removed from appearing for Kerala in the Hadiya case. The move comes after the assessment that the government counsel supported the NIA instead of sticking to stand of Kerala in the Supreme Court.
The case would come up for hearing again in the third week of January next year.
Even CPM politburo member Brinda Karat wrote in a newspaper article on Thursday that the stand taken by the counsel in the court has to be rectified. The national leaders of the party said that they wanted the counsel to be changed and they decided on this after talking to the state leadership.
When Manorama sought his response, V Giri refused to comment.
Kerala had also supported the NIA when it requested in the Supreme Court that the agency be given permission to take over the probe from the crime branch. The NIA counsel had pointed out this in the court.
When the case was heard again last week, the SC Bench wanted to know if it should speak to Hadiya first or consider the findings of the NIA. The advocates of NIA and Hadiya's father wanted the documents to be examined first. Giri also supported this. Giri explained the stand of Kerala with the introduction that he is an officer of the court and counsel of the state.
However, government sources say that once he is deputed to speak for the state, he should not state his personal stand but stick to the stand of the government. And, in both the instances, this did not happen.
The 24-year-old had converted to Islam and married a Muslim man. However, the issue came under the media glare after the Kerala High Court annulled her marriage with Shafin Jahan, after her parents alleged that her marriage was a case of 'love jihad'. The court had also put her in her parents' protective custody.
On September 16, Jahan filed a plea in the top court and requested to call off the NIA probe, alleging that the investigation agency 'is not being fair'.
On October 30, the Supreme Court directed her father to produce her on the next date of hearing.
The Supreme Court had Monday freed Hadiya from the custody of her parents and sent her to college to pursue her studies.
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