Shafin Jahan, the petitioner in the Hadiya case in which the Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered an NIA probe, is from Kollam who has now shifted residence to Ernakulam.
According to the police, when the case was pending before the Kerala High Court, Mr. Shafin resided at Chandanathope. The family later sold that property and moved to Chathinamkulam. The report says he is active in the Social Democratic Party of India, the political wing of the Popular Front of India, an Islamist fundamentalist organisation. The Kilikollur police had registered three criminal cases against him.
Later, the Kollam East Police had registered a case against him in connection with a passport he obtained. The report says in 2011 he obtained a passport J 3947001 and that in 2014 he obtained another passport L 7759080 on tatkal provisions. The latter passport was obtained concealing the cases against him.
The police have no evidence on his ties with jihad. But on verifying some of his social media posts, they conclude that he may have sympathies for jihad. The report says his father Rajan was from a Scheduled Community who converted to Islam and married a Muslim woman. Hadiya also converted to Islam while she was studying at a homoeopathy college in Kozhikode. Her conversion was at the instance of the women’s wing of the SDPI, the police say.