The bench comprising of Chief Justice Kehar, Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and A.M. Khanwilkar began hearing the matter in Hadiya Marriage Case. The petitioner, Jahan challenged the Kerala High Court order which annulled Hadiya’a marriage on suspicion of ‘forced’ conversion and Jahan’s suspected links with extremist organisations.
Today, the first day of arguments, the bench has served notice to National Investigation Agency (NIA), to provide a neutral and unbiased assistance to the court in the matter. The bench has asked the NIA to conduct the investigation under Section 6 of the National Investigation Agency Act, 2008, and place the outcome of enquiry before this Court.
Mr.Haris Beeran, appearing for the petitioner vehemently has opposed the involvement of NIA, the national counter-terrorist organisation in a private marriage matter. The bench was dissatisfied with his objections and has observed that the impression one gets is that the he does not desire the correct and independent view of the controversy to emerge before this Court. In the meantime, the bench has directed a police investigation to be conducted in the State of Kerala and the concerned Investigation Agency with the NIA, so as to enable the NIA to be alive to the situation.
The matter has been posted for hearing on 16th August 2017.