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Hijab case to be heard by a three-judge SC bench

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday granted the plea to constitute a three-judge bench to hear the hijab ban case.

The bench will therefore consider petitions challenging ban on hijab in classrooms of pre university colleges in Karnataka.

The case for lifting the hijab ban was heard by a two-judge bench, but in a divided verdict issued n October the case got destined for an odd number strong bench. The split verdict was delivered by a bench comprising Justices Hemant Gupta and Sudhanshu Dhulia.

Monday's decision by the apex court came when Senior advocate Meenakshi Arora, representing some petitioners, mentioned the matter before a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice D.Y. Chandrachud.

She cited the fact that examinations are scheduled in February and that make the matter.

She added that students have moved to private colleges after the split verdict. Arora further contended that the examinations can only be conducted in government colleges, therefore students may be permitted to appear in the exams wearing hijab.

The bench, also including Justices V. Ramasubramanian and J.B. Pardiwala, asked the counsel to mention before the registrar. The counsel submitted that the matter may be taken up for interim order.

The bench said, "This is a three-judge matter. We will do it."

In the earlier split verdict, Justice Gupta upheld the Karnataka government circular and dismissed the appeals against the Karnataka High Court judgment. However, Justice Dhulia quashed the Karnataka government's decision to ban wearing of hijab inside classrooms of pre-university colleges, saying that the Constitution is also a document of trust and it is the trust the minorities have reposed upon the majority.

Justice Dhulia, in his judgment, said: "We live in a democracy and under the rule of law, and the laws which govern us must pass muster the Constitution of India. Amongst many facets of our Constitution, one is Trust. Our Constitution is also a document of Trust. It is the trust the minorities have reposed upon the majority."

The bench had said since there is divergence of views, the matter would be posted before the Chief Justice of India for setting up a larger bench.

(Based on IANS input)

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