Supreme Court Bench to hear Hijab pleas soon: CJI

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New Delhi, Aug 2 : The Supreme Court on Tuesday said it will constitute a bench soon for hearing appeals filed before it in connection with the Hijab row.

A bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana said: “We will constitute a bench to hear the appeals in the Hijab row.

“I will constitute a bench. One of the judges aren’t well. If judges would have been alright, the matter would have come for hearing.”

Senior lawyer, Meenakshi Arora, appearing for the petitioners, mentioned a plea before the top court bench challenging the Karnataka High Court’s judgement upholding the ban of Hijab.

Arora mentioned that the high court judgement was passed in March, as such a date for hearing of the challenge the apex court was long awaited.

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

It dismissed the petitions filed by a group of Muslim girl students against PU government college for denying them entry while wearing Hijab.

Dismissing the plea the bench stated 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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