The woman, 26 year old Hadiya Jahan, was born into a Hindu family, but converted to Islam when she married a Muslim man.
The order by a bench comprising chief justice Dipak Misra and justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud came after Jahan challenged the HC order, which had cancelled the marriage and sent Hadiya to her parents' custody.
The top court also set aside the Kerala High Court's order which had annulled her and Shafin Jahan's marriage. Hadiya is at the centre of alleged love jihad controversy after her marriage with Shafin Jahan. The High Court had annulled the marriage and directed Hadiya to return to the custody of her parents. 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.
Reacting to the Supreme Court verdict on Thursday, Hadiya's father said he "respects the court order but will seek legal recourse on the verdict".
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. The apex court ruled that Hadiya was free to persue her future endeavors in accordance with the law.
However, according to LiveLaw, the court also said that the National Investigative Agency (NIA) can continue its investigations into whether there was any criminality involved, but it shouldn't probe into the marriage.
The court refused her permission to live with Shefin and asked the police to investigate all the facts of the marriage.
It has been a long road for Hadiya and Jahan, who met through a matrimonial website and got married in 2016.