In an affidavit filed before the top court, Hadiya said that she had married Jahan on her own and sought the court's permission to "live as his wife".
On Women's Day came the Supreme Court judgment that Hadiya, the 24-year-old Kerala resident at the centre of an alleged "love jihad" row, was free to live with her husband Shafin Jahan and her marriage was perfectly valid.
The judgement was passed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud.
Acting on a plea filed by her father, who alleged his daughter was being indoctrinated and may be taken overseas by extremist Islamic organizations, the Kerala high court annulled her marriage on 25 May 2017 and sent her to her parents' home, triggering an uproar.
In November, the Supreme Court had said that Hadiya can leave her parents' house and go back to college in Tamil Nadu. In a judgment rendered on 25 May previous year, a Division Bench of Kerala High Court had called her marriage a "sham", and had annulled it, directi... Shafin Jahan could be an extremist.More news: Iran criticizes France over missile program stance
The SC observed that "marriage and intimacy of personal relationships are core of plurality in India".
In an affidavit filed in the apex court, the NIA said that it had conducted its investigation into the so-called "love jihad" case in a "fair, objective and impartial manner" based upon the evidence and material collected so far.
The Kerala Police and the NIA has stated that Shahana and Musthafa were communicating with Hadiya before her conversion.
"Will consider filing a review petition", Asokan told reporters, reacting to the ruling by the apex court bench. Hadiya born Akhila Ashokan married Shefin after converting to Islam.
The Supreme Court of India finally made a decision on the infamous, seemingly-endless Hadiya case! Maninder Singh, the lawyer appearing from NIA has said that the probe into the investigation is nearly complete. The probe into the cases of Love Jihad by a well oiled network in Kerala would however continue, the Bench said.