Published on: 23 January 2023 at 13:29 IST
Supreme Court said it would consider setting up a three-judge bench to adjudicate the case related to wearing of the Islamic head covering in Karnataka schools following its split verdict.
Supreme Court Bench of Chief Justice DY Chandarchud and Justices V Ramasubramanian and JB Pardiwala took note of the submissions by senior advocate Meenakshi Arora that an interim order was needed keeping in mind the practical examinations, scheduled for some classes in the state from February 6.
Appearing for Students the senior lawyer submitted to the Court that,”This is the headscarf matter. The girls have practical examinations from February 6, and this matter needs to be listed for interim directions so that they can appear. The practical examinations will be held in government schools,”.
CJI Justice DY Chandrachud, “I will examine it. This is a three-judge bench matter. We will allot a date,”.
Previously Supreme Court two-judge bench on October 13 last year delivered opposing verdicts in the hijab controversy, and urged the Chief Justice to constitute an appropriate bench to adjudicate the case that stemmed from a ban on wearing of Islamic head covering in Karnataka schools.
While Justice Hemant Gupta, since retired, had dismissed the appeals challenging the March 15 judgement of the Karnataka High Court which had refused to lift the ban, Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia held there would be no restriction on the wearing of hijab anywhere in the schools and colleges of the state.