TheKarnataka CID (Criminal Investigation Department) on Friday said it has not found any evidence of ’Love Jihad’ in a case involving the marriage of a non-Muslim girl from Karnataka with a Kerala Muslim youth.
However, it has sought a two-month time from the State High Court to further probe the incident.
However, the In an interim report, CID said, “There seems to be no prima facie evidence of ‘Love Jihad’ in the case of Siljaraj of Karnataka’s Chamarajanagar district marrying Asgar of Kannur district of Kerala. Siljaraj has married Asgar out of her own volition.”
However, there was a need to investigate reports of ‘Love Jihad’ in parts of coastal Karnataka and Kerala, it said and prayed for two months time, which the court granted.
A division bench comprising Justice K Sreedhara Rao and Justice Ravi B Mallimath, which adjourned the case to January 18, said Siljaraj was free to go anywhere as she is a major.
On October 21, the bench while hearing a habeas corpus petition had directed the Karnataka and Kerala Police to jointly investigate aspects of alleged ‘Love Jihad’ and its ramifications and submit a report on Friday.
The court had also directed the girl to live with her parents till the police filed their report.