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SC to take call on plea for hearing in Hijab matter

By Lawstreet News Network      Feb 22, 2023      0 Comments
SC to take call on plea for hearing in Hijab matter

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday told a group of hijab wearing students that it would take a call on their plea for urgent hearing on an interim application to allow them appear in annual examinations in Karnataka's Pre University Colleges from March 9 with their head scarf.

A bench of Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justice P S Narasimha said the plea for listing would be examined.

By mentioning, the students led by advocate Shadan Farasat submitted they had to appear in annual examinations beginning from March 9 in government colleges.

The students had already lost one year and if no relief was granted, they would lose another year.

All these students had already shifted themselves to private colleges but they have to go to government colleges for appearing in examinations, he informed.

The counsel asked the court to fix the interim application for hearing.

"Why are the students prevented from taking the examination," the bench asked the counsel, who said, "because they are wearing head scarf".

"We will take a call," the bench told him.

A similar request was made on January 23 on behalf of such students.

On October 13, 2022, the Supreme Court had given a split judgement on the validity of the Karnataka government's order of February 5, 2022 on wearing hijab in PU colleges, leaving the issue to be decided by a larger three-judge bench.

The matter arose on a batch of appeals against the March 15, 2022 judgement of the High Court, which upheld the ban. 

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