THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Crime Branch investigation team probing the Hadiya case has said in a report that Hadiya aka Akhila was not forced to embrace Islam and it was her own decision to do so.
The probe team led by Ernakulam Crime Branch SP Santhosh Kumar has submitted the report to Crime Branch DGP A Hemachandran. The report said Hadiya herself had given a statement in this regard. The report also said there is no evidence to prove any terrorist or communal outfit had influenced her to convert.
On Saturday, the state government submitted an affidavit in the Supreme Court opposing an NIA probe.The government affidavit said the state police investigation was going smoothly. The state clarified this while replying to the plea of Hadiya’s former husband Shefin Jahan seeking cancellation of the NIA probe.
On August 16, a division bench led by then Chief Justice J S Khehar handed over the case investigated by the Crime Branch to the NIA. However, Shefin approached the SC against it, saying his wife willingly converted to Islam in 2014. Following this, a bench led by Chief Justice Deepak Mishra explained the court will examine whether the action of the High Court in cancelling the marriage is legal and whether an NIA probe can be ordered. The apex court will consider the case again on Monday.
The case hit the headlines after Akhila Ashokan, 24, a homoeopathy doctor converted to Islam, took the name of Hadiya and married a Muslim youth Shefin from Kollam. Her father approached the HC in May claiming his daughter was indoctrinated and forcibly converted. Later, the High Court annulled the marriage and sent Hadiya to her father’s custody.