Vaikom: After the Supreme Court restored the marriage of Kerala woman Hadiya, who is at the centre of a religious conversion row, her father K M Asokan on Thursday said he would consider moving a review petition against the judgement.
"Will consider filing a review petition in SC," he told reporters, reacting to the ruling by the apex court bench headed by chief justice Dipak Misra that set aside a Kerala High Court order annulling the marriage of Hadiya, aka Akhila, with a Muslim man.
He maintained that his daughter's marriage with Shafin Jahan was an act of 'adjustment' done by a group.
The Kerala High Court had annulled the marriage on a habeas corpus petition filed by Asokan, who hails from Vaikom in Kottayam district.
"It was a kind of an adjustment marriage. There is no doubt. I will try to convince the court about it once again," he said.
He, however, expressed satisfaction over the Supreme Court stating that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) may continue its investigation in the matter.
"The Supreme Court has not cancelled NIA investigation in the matter. The court took such a decision because... Shafin Jahan could be an extremist. Investigation is going on in the case," he said.
He also said it was painful for a father to send his daughter with an 'extremist'.
"There is no words to explain it," Asokan said.
The apex court had in August 2017 asked the NIA to probe the case of conversion and marriage of Hadiya, as the agency claimed a 'pattern' was emerging in Kerala.
The matter came to the fore when Shafin Jahan, Hadiya's husband, had challenged a Kerala High Court order annulling his marriage with her and sending the woman to her parents' custody.
On November 27, 2017, the apex court had freed Hadiya from her parents' custody and sent her to college to pursue her studies, even as she had pleaded that she should be allowed to go with her husband.
The HC had in May 2017 annulled the marriage, following which Jahan had approached the apex court.
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