No need for NIA probe in Hadiya case: state government to Supreme Court

First Published 8, Oct 2017, 11:41 AM IST
Hadiya case no need for NIA probe state government
  • Kerala government submitted before Supreme Court that NIA probe is not needed in Hadiya case
  • The state government rejected the NIA version that the conversion of Akhila was part of radicalisation movement
  • The Supreme Court had ordered an NIA probe into the conversion of the girl

Kerala government has told the Supreme Court that there is no need to conduct a probe in National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Hadiya case. The state also rejected the statement of NIA that the conversion of Akhila aka Hadiya was part of a radicalisation movement in the state. 

In an affidavit filed by Additional Chief Secretary Subrata Biswas, the state government said that the incident, the conversion and marriage of the girl, does not fall under the list of any offences that warrants and NIA probe. It states that the investigation by the police has not revealed any incident that can be considered an offence owing to which a request can be made to the Centre under Section 6 of National Investigation Agency Act, 2008. 

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The Supreme Court had ordered an NIA probe into the conversion of the girl after an allegation that the incident was part of an organised effort. There were allegations that Hadiya's husband Shafin Jahan had links with Popular Front of India, which is known for its radical views. 

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The state government did not object the court order, and the NIA conducted the probe. In a status report filed before the court, the agency had said that there were similarities with different conversions that took place recently. 

In an interview with Asianet Newsable, Hadiya's father Ashokan had said that he had evidence to prove that Akhila was planning to go to Syria. 

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Ashokan said that he was not against conversion but there was something shady about the way his daughter was converted and married off even while a Habeas corpus petition filed by him was pending before the court.