Former Judge of Supreme Court of India Justice RV Raveendran has declined the Supreme Court’s request to oversee the NIA probe in connection with the Hadiya Case, reports Indian Express
It was on August 16, Supreme Court ordered NIA investigation in the Hadiya Case under the supervision of Justice RV Raveendran.
Though the bench of Chief Justice Khehar and Justice DY Chandrachud initially suggested the name of Justice KS Radhakrishnan, lawyers appeared for Shafin, Kapil Sibel and Indira Jaising suggested the Court to consider a retired non-Keralite judge for supervision. Then the Court finalized Justice RV Raveendran’s name.
The case concerns Hadiya’s conversion to Islam, and her subsequent marriage to a Muslim man Shafin Jahan. In a judgment rendered on 25 May this year, a Division Bench of Kerala High Court had called her marriage a “sham”, and had annulled it, directing her return to the protective custody of her Hindu parents. Against this Shafin Jahan approached the Supreme Court.