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Hadiya case: NIA to investigate on religious conversion

Following the Supreme Court directive to the NIA to take over the investigation into the religious conversion of Akhila alias Hadiya, a native of Kottayam district, the agency has sought legal advice.

Published: 18th August 2017 01:35 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th August 2017 09:26 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

KOCHI: Following the Supreme Court directive to the NIA to take over the investigation into the religious conversion of Akhila alias Hadiya, a native of Kottayam district, the agency has sought legal advice for completing the takeover procedure. NIA officers said they would soon take over the investigation into the case registered as FIR 21/2016 at the Perinthalmanna police station. The case was registered under Section 57 of the Kerala Police Act, 153A, 295A and 107 of the IPC.

“The legal issues pertaining to the case are being verified and legal advice has been sought by our headquarters. We expect to take over the investigation this week or next week,” the officers said.
“We will seek the case diary and other files collected by the Kerala Police as part of the investigation. It will be done once the nod for reregistering the FIR is received from the headquarters. The FIR will be registered at the NIA Court in Kochi,” officers said.

The NIA had earlier investigated the case related to the attempt by some persons in Mumbai to convert and radicalise a Kochi-based youth. Similarly, the agency had conducted a preliminary inquiry into the religious conversion of Athira Nambiar, a native of Udma in Kasargod. The NIA has already investigated nearly 20 cases related to extremism and counterfeiting in Kerala.

Role of NIA gives some kind of legitimacy: Union Minister

Hyderabad: The Supreme Court tasking the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to further investigate the love jihad case gives “some kind of a legitimacy to the observations made by the Supreme Court”, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said on Thursday. The minister was responding to questions about the Supreme Court case involving the alleged radicalisation of a Hindu woman, post her conversion to Islam and her marriage to a Muslim man.

“The role of the NIA probing the love jihad has given some kind of a legitimacy to the observations made by the Supreme Court,” said Rijiju. “And when the case is being investigated, I would prefer not to comment on the matter. There is a pattern that is visible, me being from the Home Ministry it won’t be right on my part to speak any further on the matter,” said the minister. Rijiju was speaking to the media on the sidelines of a youth convention organised by the National Service Scheme.

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