The National Investigation Agency asked Hadiya, the 26-year-old Kerala homeopathy student who converted to Islam and married a Muslim man, if she "gave sweets to friends when she was in Salem". A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra had observed that the NIA probe will have no bearing in deciding the aspects of legitimacy of marriage of Hadiya and Shafin Jahan. "We can't stand in the (their) way", said Justice D Y Chandrachud as senior counsel Shyam Divan justified the Kerala High Court annulling Hadiya's marriage.
Hadiya, born a Hindu, had converted to Islam to marry Jahan, setting off cries of religious conversion by the Hindu Right which termed it as 'love jihad'.
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. Appearing for the NIA, lawyer Maninder Singh had submitted to the Supreme Court that the probe has nearly been completed.
It was on May 24, 2017 that the high court cancelled the marriage of Hadiya and Sheffin. The apex court ruled that Hadiya was free to persue her future endeavors in accordance with the law.
Hadiya is now pursuing her medical course from Shivaraj Homeopathy Medical College in Tamil Nadu's Salem after Supreme Court's direction in November, 2017.
The court, however, made it clear that the NIA could continue to probe the allegations of criminality related to the so-called incidents of Love Jihad. The probe into the cases of Love Jihad by a well oiled network in Kerala would however continue, the Bench said. Hadiya had however denied the charges and moved to SC in a bid to get released from the custody of her parents. she had also urged the apex court to allow her to go with her husband.
"After I filed a habeus corpus petition, the high court ordered that she should live with her family".
She was not allowed to stay with her husband since, and was shuttled from guardian to guardian, until, more than one year later on March 8, the Supreme Court recognised that she had the right and the agency to choose her life partner.