Apex court upholds Hadiya’s marriage

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday restored the controversial marriage of Hadiya, formerly a Hindu, with Shafin Jahan, setting aside a Kerala High Court order annulling their wedding. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud said: “Hadiya alias Akhila Ashokan is at liberty to pursue her future endeavours according to law.”
But the court said the National Investigation Agency (NIA) would continue its probe into the criminal dimension of the case, if any.
Pronouncing a brief operative order after lunch, Chief Justice Misra said the High Court should not have annulled the marriage between the two, following a Habeas Corpus petition, by exercising its powers under Article 226 of the Constitution.
Hadiya, 24, earlier Akhila Ashokan, embraced Islam and married Shafin Jahan, a Muslim. Hadiya’s father alleged that she was forcibly converted by groups with links to terrorist outfits.
Reacting to the Supreme Court verdict on Thursday, Hadiya’s father Ashokan said he “respects the court order but will seek legal recourse on the verdict”. — IANS

Share Button