Kochi: In the case accusing forced conversin of a woman from Pathanamthitta and taking her to IS camp, NIA has closed the investigation following the finding that there was no substance in the allegations. NIA Kochi Unit has been conducting the investigation for the past one year.
The NIA Court had asked the complainant to appear on Thursday and inform whether she had any objection to closing the case, but she failed to show up. Following this, the NIA court ordered retturning the entire file related to the case to Paravoor magistrate court.
Since NIA concluded that there was no offences within the scope of NIA law, the agency returned the case file to the police for it to conduct investigation into charges of domestic violence under relevant clauses. As per NIA suggestion, the DGP authorized Paravoor CI for the follow up probe which will be only against accused no: one Riyaz and his mother. NIA had earlier wound up the probe into nine others who were listed as accused.
Riaz who hailed from Kannur had married the woman from Pathanamthitta, in Gujarat a few years ago. It was following a habeas corpus petition that the High Court allowed the woman to go with Riaz, and this was followed by their marriage. Both left for Saudi Arabia after the marriage. But the woman returned after a few days and lodged a complaint with Paravoor police alleging that Riaz tried to sell her to IS. The police, who arrested many including those who had rented a house for her, slapped provisions of UAPA also on them and transferred the case to NIA.
Riaz who returned to India later was arrested on arrival at Chennai airport. It was only after several months of detention that he got bail. The NIA team, which did not come up with any evidence in the preliminary investigation, implicated 11 persons including his mother, but when it turned out that UAPA offences could not be charged, the case was dropped with NIA consent.