Karnataka HC Refers Hijab Matter to Larger Bench

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  • High Court passes the hijab matter to larger bench.
  • Govt opposed interim decision on temporarily permitting students in hijab.
  • Prohibitory order imposed in Bengaluru.

Karnataka: The single judge Bench of Justice Dixit continued to hear the bail plea filed by students of Karnataka. Hearing the observes in the order, the question of interim relief was passed on to a larger bench on Wednesday. “Having regard to the enormity of questions of importance which are debated, the court is of the considered opinion that the papers be put at the hand of Chief Justice to decide if a larger bench can be constituted in the subject matter,” Justice Dixit notes in the order.

During the hearing, Advocate General opposed the grant of interim relief that would allow students to attend colleges wearing hijab. “Interim order at this stage will be amounting to allowing the petition”, AG said.

Earlier today, Section144(1) was imposed in Bengaluru around all education institutions in the light of the escalating protests. “Effective immediately, no protests can take place within 200 metres of education institutions in the city for the next two weeks – the order read.”

The hijab controversy in Karnataka has been raging as muslim students across the states have been adamant on the govt’s demands to wean Hijab to attend college. Right wing extremists have been staging counter protest putting on saffron scarves and sloganeering in the campuses.

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