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Hijab ban case: Trial of hijab controversy ends…Supreme court adjourned for verdict…ATN News

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New Delhi: The hearing in the Supreme Court on the petitions challenging the ban on the wearing of hijab in school classrooms in Karnataka has ended. The bench adjourned the hearing for 10 days. Justice Hemant Gupta and Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia said it is time to do homework.

More than twenty lawyers appeared for the petitioners. Senior advocates Rajeev Dhawan, Kapil Sibal, Salman Khurshid, Devdutt Kamath, Sanjay Hegde and others were also present. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, ASG KM Nataraj and Karnataka Advocate General Prabhulinga Navadgi argued for the government.

The court on Thursday granted time to the petitioners’ lawyers to counter the government’s contention. Senior advocate Dushyant Dave, appearing for the Muslim petitioners, criticized the Solicitor General, alleging that there was a conspiracy to incite street protests and that the PFI (Popular Front of India) was involved. He said that the Solicitor General raised unnecessary issues. He was referring to orders passed by another bench of the Supreme Court on Wednesday against hate speech and sensationalism in the media. He said that the question before the bench is related to constitutional rights. At such a time the issue raised by the Solicitor General is creating a negative impression. He said that the state government can withdraw the circular itself.

Dave along with other petitioners presented the circular issued by the Karnataka Education Department in the court in 2021. He said that this circular says that uniform is not mandatory in government PU colleges. The court also said that punishment will be given to the college managements who impose rules by making uniform compulsory.

The Solicitor General says that its own guidelines are unproven and has stated in its own affidavit that the guidelines for the 2022 school year do not mandate uniforms. They asked how they could not follow their own guidelines.

Senior advocate Husefa Ahmadi argued that the proper reason was not explained as to how wearing hijab interferes with education and discipline.

The real question

Is wearing hijab important in Islamic rituals? Before the court were constitutional questions related to the right to freedom of religion, culture, personal privacy and modesty. As these questions require religious interpretation, the Muslim petitioners demanded that the hearing of these petitions be assigned to a nine-judge Constitution Bench. He said that religious issues including Sabarimala have been abandoned in this way.

Meanwhile, Justice Hemant Gupta of this bench will retire on October 16. So this verdict is likely to come out before then.

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