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SC to look into plea fo interim order over Hijab ban in K’taka’s PUC colleges


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New Delhi: A bench of the Supreme Court headed by the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dr Dhananjaya Yeshwant Chandrachud on Monday said that it would look into the plea for giving an interim order related to Hijab ban in PUC colleges in Karnataka.

The CJI said this after hearing a mentioning by senior advocate, Meenakshi Arora for setting up a three-judge bench in view of the split verdict.

“I would examine the matter for fixing a hearing in the matter,” Justice Chandrachud said, after hearing Arora, who cited that there is an urgency in hearing the matter, keeping in view the examinations from February 6.

The Senior advocate mentioned the mentioning before the Apex Court for interim direction in the matter.

She told the Top Court that since the examinations are going to be conducted in the government institutions, those wearing hijab may not be able to take the exams. To which, the CJI said he would examine the matter for fixing a hearing.

The SC said that it will examine the matter, as it has to be placed before a bench of 3 judges and asked to submit a short note to the registrar.

The Supreme Court’s two-judge bench had on October 13, last year, delivered a split verdict in the Hijab ban case, and it had referred the matter now to the Chief Justice of India’s (CJI) court for his direction to constitute a larger bench to decide the issue.

A Full Bench of the Karnataka High Court comprising then Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, Justice Krishna Dixit and Justice J M Khazi, in their judgement on March 15, 2022, held that wearing of hijab by women was not an essential religious practice of Islam.

The High Court of Karnataka’s three-judge bench while pronouncing the Judgement dismissed the petitions filed by a group of muslim girl students against PU government college for denying them entry while wearing Hijab.

The High Court bench led by Chief Justice Rituraj Awasthi dismissed the petitions stating that the practice of hijab is not an essential practice under Islam and thus does not fall within the ambit of Article 25 of the Constitution of India.

The High court had also held that prescription of school uniform is only a reasonable restriction which is constitutionally permissible which the students cannot object to and stated that the government had the power to issue such notification and that no case was made out against the government notification.


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