Love Jihad case: SC orders NIA probe into Kerala girl's conversion, marriage

The bench made it clear that it will take a view only after considering NIA’s report, inputs from Kerala Police.

Published: 16th August 2017 12:42 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th August 2017 12:42 PM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered a probe by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) into a Love Jihad case where the marriage of a Hindu woman to a Muslim man after her conversion was annulled by the Kerala High Court.

“Everyone wants a fair probe. We can appoint a retired Supreme Court judge. There are some serious remarks by the High Court that need to be looked into," a bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar said adding that the NIA probe will be supervised by former apex court judge R V Raveendran.

“In order to carry out the investigation in a fair and impartial manner, Justice Raveendran will be supervising the investigation carried out by NIA,” the order states.

The bench made it clear that it will take a view only after considering NIA’s report, inputs from Kerala Police and then will also talk to the woman, who is presently in custody of father.

During the hearing, senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Indira Jaising requested the bench to talk to the girl.

“We will talk to her but not at stage one, but at the last stage,” the bench observed.

The direction came after NIA told the apex court that love jihad is for real. “There is a pattern to convert Hindu girls and get them married to Muslim men,” NIA told the court today.

On June 10, the court had allowed NIA to access all records of the investigation into the case to get a whole picture and had directed the Kerala DGP to share records of the probe conducted so far with the NIA “so as to enable them be alive to the situation as present”.

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