Supreme Court upholds Hadiya's marriage with Muslim man, quashes Kerala HC order

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However, the agency had not offered any proof on this, and Hadiya had maintained that she converted to Islam and then later married Jahan of her own volition.

The Supreme Court on Thursday set aside the order of the Kerala High Court annulling the marriage between Hadiya and Shafin Jahan.

The Supreme Court has cancelled a Kerala High Court order annulling the marriage of Hadiya.

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"The court has no right to annul marriage between consenting adults", three judges of the Supreme Court, headed by the Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra, said in an interim order. On November 27, last year, the Supreme Court had in its order directed that Hadiya be taken to Shivaraj, Homeopathy college at Salem, Tamil Nadu to continue and pursue her studies. It is important to recall that Kerala HC had annulled Hadiya's (formerly Akhila Ashokan) marriage to Shafin Jahan by calling it a matter of "Love Jihad".

Shafin Jahan and Hadiya. Moreover a marriage between two consenting adults can not be interfered with the SC also observed.

Hadiya, born Akhila and a Hindu, converted to Islam in January 2016 and married Jahan in December of the same year.

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The apex court said, "The government can curb crime but not put restriction on marriage and personal decisions". Jahan on September 20 approached the apex court seeking recall of its order directing the NIA to investigate the controversial case of conversion and marriage of Hadiya. Appearing for the NIA, lawyer Maninder Singh had submitted to the Supreme Court that the probe has nearly been completed.

Mr. Asokan's affidavit had mentioned that Ms. Shirin and her husband Mr. Fasal had interacted with Ms. Hadiya in 2015 and even tried to send her to Yemen.

In an affidavit filed in the apex court, the NIA said that it had conducted its investigation into the so-called "love jihad" case in a "fair, objective and impartial manner" based upon the evidence and material collected so far.

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"After I filed a habeus corpus petition, the high court ordered that she should live with her family".

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