SC orders NIA probe into Kerala woman’s conversion and marriage case

SC orders NIA probe into Kerala woman’s conversion and marriage case

C Times, 16 August 2017, Agartala

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) says the Supreme Court on Wednesday that the alleged conversion and radicalization of a Hindu woman and her marriage to a Muslim in Kerala is not an “isolated incident” and it has detected a “pattern” emerging in the State.

The court promptly ordered the NIA to start an investigation even as the Kerala police readily obliged to bow out of the probe into the case.

A Bench of Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud set up a committee led by the former Supreme Court judge, Justice R.V. Raveendran, to supervise the NIA probe and ensure it is fair.

Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh submitted that the case of conversion and marriage of the woman in question is “not an isolated case and we have come across another case with a similar pattern and involving the same people who are acting as instigators”.

Senior advocate V. Giri, appearing for the Kerala police, said the State Police wants to withdraw from the investigation and was ready to hand over all the probe documents to the NIA.

Mr Giti said “There is already a special investigation team and the probe is proceeding. But let the NIA now complete the investigation”.

At one point, Justice Khehar told Mr Giri that the court had asked the NIA for inputs because it was an agency from outside the State. “We thought you [the Kerala police] may take sides. So we asked the NIA,” he said.

Mr Giri replied “Yes… now it is up to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to carry on”.

Mr Singh said the National Investigation Agency (NIA) found that the same people were behind the women’s conversion and marriage.

“There is the same lady. The entities behind this are the same. The girls convert and they refuse to stay with their relatives. These people take them in and the marriage is done during that time… This matter requires further investigation,” Mr Singh submitted.

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