The NIA had told the apex court that it had proof that Shafin had been in touch with members of the Islamic State.

Shafin Jahan questioned by NIA in Hadiya case for several hours in Kochi
news Hadiya Monday, December 04, 2017 - 22:14

The National Investigation Agency(NIA) on Monday questioned Shafin Jahan, the man who had married Hadiya in December 2016.

Shafin was questioned by the NIA for many hours at their office in Kochi. According to reports, the agency had decided to question him again as they believed there had been discrepancies in his earlier statement.

Shafin who was questioned for almost four hours, has been under NIA's scrutiny for many months.

On November 27, when Hadiya had appeared in Supreme Court, the NIA had told the apex court that it had proof that Shafin had been in touch with members of the Islamic State. The NIA also briefly mentioned that they had evidence to show that Shafin had been chatting with IS men on social media about Hadiya.

But the NIA could not present these findings and accusations in detail as Shafin's lawyers had insisted that the court should first speak to Hadiya.

When the lawyer representing the Kerala State Women's Rights Commission too asked the court to speak to Hadiya first, the court did that and decided to inspect the NIA report later.

On Monday, TOI reported that the NIA had proof that Shafin had been chatting with two men, Manseed and Safvan, in the months preceding his wedding to Hadiya. They were all members of a chat group that primarily had members of SDPI and PFI. The Kerala police too had informed the Kerala High Court about such a group.

Manseed in Safvan were arrested in October 2016 in relation to an IS plot to target judges of various High Courts.

According to TOI, NIA believes that Shafin and Hadiya did not meet through a matrimonial site, but were introduced to each other by a man named Muneer.  Muneer, reports TOI's Bharti Jain, knew Hadiya's caretaker Sainaba and Manseed.

Hadiya is currently back in her college in Salem in Tamil Nadu. The Principal of the Salem Sivasakthi College had allowed Shafin and Hadiya to speak to each other. The Principal had told TNM that the Supreme Court had placed no restrictions on Hadiya.

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