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Anti-terror agency asks Hadiya if she gave candies to friends when she was in Salem

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NIA in a counter affidavit to the court did not deny asking these questions but dismissed Hadiya’s statements as ‘misconceived’ and ‘baseless’.

New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency asked Hadiya, the 26-year-old Kerala homeopathy student who converted to Islam and married a Muslim man, if she “gave candies to friends when she was in Salem”.

The question was put to her as part of her deposition in the Supreme Court, which ordered the NIA, India’s anti-terror probe agency, to probe the conspiracy of sham religious conversions of young women to Islam.

She was also asked if she had circulated “Islamic videos” before she became a Muslim. 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 personnel believed a story and were trying to establish that without any proof,” she said.

The NIA, in a counter affidavit to the court, did not deny asking these questions but dismissed Hadiya’s statements as “misconceived” and “baseless”.

The top court is set to hear the case Friday and all parties have filed fresh affidavits reiterating their stand.

However, in a fresh twist to the story, Hadiya’s father Asokan told the court that two individuals — Sherin Shahana and Fasil Musthafa — were planning to send his daughter to Yemen in 2015.

“They planned to send her to a place where ISIS had gained influence and control.”

The Kerala Police and the NIA has stated that Shahana and Musthafa were communicating with Hadiya before her conversion. The NIA has also told the court that the two individuals have already left the country and ‘look-out circulars’ have been issued to bring them back.

Except for examining these two “crucial witnesses”, NIA told the court that the investigation is complete.

The apex court has said that it would examine whether the Kerala high court was correct in annulling Hadiya’s marriage to a Muslim man. It is also likely to consider revising its earlier order on ordering an NIA probe.

Despite Hadiya’s pleas, the court in November last year, placed her in the custody of her college administration until she completes her education.

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