SC asks if Kerala HC was justified in annulling Hadiya's marriage

New Delhi, Feb 22: Controversy around Hadiya's love life ceases to make a logical exit. This 25-year-old girl is allegedly at the center of controversy. On Tuesday she had filed an affidavit before the top court claiming that she willingly converted to Islam and that she willfully wants to live with her husband Shafin Jahan.
The Supreme Court today asked if a roving inquiry could be ordered into the "issue of consent" between two adults who married at will and if the Kerala High Court order annulling the marriage of Hadiya, an alleged victim of 'love jihad', was justified. 

The questions from a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud came during the hearing of the Kerala conversion case. 

"What troubles us is that whether there can be a roving inquiry into the issue of consent between two adults who have agreed to marry," the bench said. 

Whether the high court was justified in nullifying the marriage is a pure question of law, it added. "Marriage and investigation are two different things. As far as marriage is concerned, it does not warrant any investigation. Investigation has nothing to do with it. You can investigate any other thing," the court said. 

The matter had come to fore when Jahan had challenged the Kerala High Court's order annulling his marriage with Hadiya and sending her to her parents' custody. 

On November 27 last year, the apex court had freed Hadiya from her parents' custody and sent her to college to pursue her studies, even as she had pleaded that she should be allowed to go with her husband. -

News24Bureau with Agencies