After a 10-day hearing in the Supreme Court, a bench of Justices Hemant Gupta and Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia reserved the verdict with the announcement of completion of the hearing on the hijab controversy.
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Karnataka hijab case Supreme Court Today, after a long hearing on Thursday, it has reserved its decision. This hearing in the country’s highest court lasted for 10 days. The court will now decide in its decision that Karnataka High Court on behalf of hijab ban Whether the decision given is correct or not. During the hearing yesterday, the court had asked the petitioners to conclude their arguments at the earliest.
After a 10-day hearing in the Supreme Court, a bench of Justices Hemant Gupta and Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia reserved the verdict with the announcement of completion of the hearing on the hijab controversy. Along with this, the bench also said that even now those who have to give written arguments can be given. The debate ended with a lion by Sanjay Hegde. He said, ‘He is fond of seeing you unmasked, if you are ashamed, then keep palms on your eyes.’
Meanwhile, in the hijab ban controversy, the Supreme Court on Wednesday advised the petitioners to finish their arguments within an hour tomorrow, saying that he is losing his patience. During the hearing of the matter on the ninth day, the top court said that it will give only one hour to the lawyers of the petitioners to conclude their arguments on Thursday.
Religious aspect not touched in hijab ban: Karnataka
Earlier on Wednesday, the Karnataka government, during the hearing in the Supreme Court on Wednesday, apprised the court that the state government has not touched on any ‘religious aspect’ in the hijab ban controversy and that the ban is limited to the classroom only. The state government also said that hijab is not banned even in school premises outside the classroom. The counsel appearing for the state government insisted that the state has only said that educational institutions can prescribe uniforms for students, which has nothing to do with religion.
Karnataka Advocate General Prabhuling K. Navadgi told a bench of Justices Hemant Gupta and Sudhanshu Dhulia that countries like France have banned the hijab and women there have become no less Islamic than it. Compulsory and essential part of religious practice, till then it cannot get protection under Article 25 of the Constitution.
Hijab is not banned even in school premises: ASG Natraj
The Advocate General told the bench, “We do not ban wearing of hijab outside the school… There is no restriction even in the school premises.” The restriction is only inside the classroom.’
The top court was hearing petitions challenging the Karnataka High Court’s decision refusing to lift the ban on hijab in educational institutions in the state.
Additional Solicitor General (ASG) KM Natraj, appearing for the state government, said that the entire matter of the petitioners is based on a right and they claim that it is an absolute right. He also stressed that the state has neither prohibited nor promoted any religious activity.