However, the agency had not offered any proof on this, and Hadiya had maintained that she converted to Islam and then later married Jahan of her own volition.
On May 24, 2017, the court had annulled Hadiya's marriage, ordering Hadiya to return to live with her parents in the Kottayam district of the state.
Before a three judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Hadiya Jahan said that she wanted her freedom and to see her husband, who would support her financially.
On November 27 a year ago, 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.
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The high court's order had put the spotlight on "love jihad", a controversial term coined by fringe outfits to describe cases of what they believe are forced marriages between Muslim men and Hindu women.
In the course of the arguments on Thursday, senior counsel Kapil Sibal, appearing for Shafin Jahan, submitted nine propositions of law to be addressed before looking into the case on facts. No one has the locus to challenge marital status of two consenting adults. The apex court also said that Hadiya can't be sent to anyone's custody.
The Hadiya-Akhila case began in January 2016, when her parents reported her missing. Maninder Singh, the lawyer appearing from NIA has said that the probe into the investigation is nearly complete.
The affidavit stated, "I embraced the religion of Islam on my choice after studying about Islam and thereafter I married a person, namely Shafin Jahan". Hadiya told the apex court that her response to the NIA's question that she "does not remember" was being construed as "lying" and that some personnel "behaved as if she was a criminal or a terrorist". The Bench said that there was a roving inquiry by the Kerala High Court into Hadiya's marriage.