The Supreme Court has directed the NIA to continue with the investigation into the Love Jihad case without interfering with the marriage of Hadiya. The instruction was given to the counsel appearing for the NIA.
While issuing the directive, the court reserved orders on the matter pertaining to the annulment of Hadiya's marriage. The verdict is likely to be delivered at 2 pm today.
Earlier the NIA in an affidavit denied the allegations made by Akhila alias Hadiya that she was misled to portray her husband Shafin Jahan as a terrorist.
The NIA in its affidavit denied that it behaved with her with prejudice as if she is a criminal or terrorist. The allegation is baseless as the NIA was conducting investigation in a fair and objective manner based upon evidence and material collected so far, the affidavit also stated.
The allegation that Shafin Jahan was portrayed as a terrorist was incorrect and it had carried out the probe under directions of the Supreme Court and whatever it had stated reflected in the status report filed by the agency, the NIA also said.
Further the agency noted that it had almost completed the investigation into the case popularly known as the Kerala Love Jihad case. It is yet to examine two individuals, Fasal Musthafa and Shirin Shahand, who are material and crucial witnesses in the case.
It has been learnt that these two witnesses are presently in Yemen and they had left India even the probe was started. Look out circulars had been issued to apprehend them if they visit the country.
The NIA rejected Hadiya's charge that the agency had created a story (of love jihad' and forced conversions to Islam) and were trying to establish it without any proof.