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On Thursday, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) moved to the apex court claiming that it would probe all the aspects of the plea filled by a Muslim man after his marriage by a Hindu girl was annulled by the Kerala High Court terming it a matter of ‘love jihad’.

A notice was issued to Shafin Jahan and state police after NIA filed a fresh plea stating that it needed a separate order by the court to investigate the matter. The notice was issued by a bench of Chief Justices including JS Khehar, Justices AK Goel and DY Chandrachud.

Earlier, the court had asked the NIA to file a report on August 16. However, the bench has now fixed NIA’s plea for hearing at 2 PM today.

Previously in the matter, the court had asked for a response of State government and the NIA on Shafin Jahan’s plea challenging the Kerala high court order over annulling his marriage with a Hindu girl.

Calling the case as ‘sensitive’ and ‘serious’, the court asked the father of the girl to table the materials supporting his claims that it was not a forceful conversion. The ruling came in after NIA had recently conducted probes into some cases of ‘love jihad’, and had found that women were allegedly being sent to Syria to join Islamic State (IS) militants.

Last year in December, Shafin Jahan had reached to the Supreme Court after his marriage was annulled by the Kerala High court, terming the marriage as an insult to the independence of women.

First Published | 10 August 2017 1:37 PM
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