29 Aug 2022 5:56 AM GMT
"We will not permit forum shopping", the Supreme Court of India orally observed on Monday while hearing a batch of petitions challenging the validity on the ban on wearing headscarves in religious institutions in Karnataka.During the hearing, a bench of Justices Hemant Gupta and Sudhanshu Dhulia was told by the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that a letter of adjournment has been circulated by...
"We will not permit forum shopping", the Supreme Court of India orally observed on Monday while hearing a batch of petitions challenging the validity on the ban on wearing headscarves in religious institutions in Karnataka.
A batch of 23 petitions was listed before the bench. Some of them are writ petitions filed directly before the Supreme Court seeking the right to wear hijab for Muslim girl students. Some others are special leave petitions which challenge the judgment of the Karnataka High Court dated March 15 which upheld the hijab ban
Two weeks back, on July 13, Advocate Prashant Bhushan had mentioned the matter for urgent listing, saying the petitions have not been listed since March and that the students are facing difficulties. The CJI had then agreed to list the case the next week.
The SLPs has been filed against the judgment dated March 15 passed by the High Court of Karnataka, upholding Government Order dated 05.02.2022, which has effectively prohibited Petitioners, and other such female Muslim students from wearing the headscarf in their Pre-University Colleges. A Full Bench of the High Court comprising Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, Justice Krishna Dixit and Justice JM Khazi held that wearing of hijab by women was not an essential religious practice of Islam. The Bench further held the prescription of uniform dress code in educational institutions was not violative of the fundamental rights of the petitioners.
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