New Delhi : The Supreme Court today pulled up the National Investigation Agency (NIA) while hearing the Hadiya ‘love jihad’ case and said that no law prohibits a person from loving a criminal.
“Even if the husband has a criminal record, does the girl not have a right to marry a criminal? Marriage is a personal affair and there is no law to state that a person cannot marry a criminal,” the supreme court today observed.
The court also directed Hadiya to appear before it on November 27 at 3 pm and took an undertaking from her father to produce her in court. “Habeas corpus is a cherished Court said over ruling NIA’s opposition to Hadiya being called at this stage.
“Under what law is parental authority? Questions should also be asked to the person who is in confines,whose interests are at stake,” Supreme court observed and said that consent of a woman is prime.
“We are not giving into any pulse or impulse. We are going by the law,” the court said and added that it will take a call in the matter only after speaking to Hadiya and “assessing her mental condition”. “At least prima facie observations can be made up on speaking to her,” the Supreme court said.