November 22, 2017 4:19:41 am
The father of Hadiya (formerly Akhila) has moved an application in Supreme Court, seeking a direction for in-camera proceedings on November 27, when his daughter will be produced in court in connection with a petition from her husband who has challenged the nullification of their marriage.
K M Ashokan sought in-camera proceedings, citing the communally sensitive nature of the case and threats from radical elements to him and his family.
Hadiya is at the centre of a controversy after her conversion to Islam and marriage with a Muslim man. The marriage was nullified by the Kerala High Court.
On October 30, a bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra directed that Hadiya be produced before it on November 27 and said it would only interact with her in open court. A bench headed by CJI Misra’s predecessor CJI J S Khehar had on August 16 said it would hear her in-camera whenever it summoned her.
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The NIA has questioned Hadiya’s husband Shefin Jahan, who moved the Supreme Court against nullification of their marriage. He was questioned for five hours as part of preparation of a report. The NIA has also recorded statements of Hadiya and Ashokan. Weeks ago, it questioned A S Sainaba, president of Women’s Front of India (women’s wing of PFI) and P Aboobacker, whose daughters were friends of Hadiya. — WITH ENS, Thiruvananthapuram
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