Karnataka hijab ban row SC likely to gasp verdict this week

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The Supreme Court is likely to gasp its verdict on desires challenging the Karnataka High Court judgement refusing to lift the ban on hijab in educational institutions before Justice Hemant Gupta retires this week. 

A bench of judges Gupta and Sudhanshu Dhulia had reserved its judgement on the pleas on September 22 after hearing arguments in the matter for 10 days. 

The pronouncement of judgement on these pleas is anticipated this week as Justice Gupta, who's heading the bench, is due to retire on October 16. 

During the arguments in the apex court, a number of counsel appearing for the pleaders had claimed that precluding the Muslim girls from wearing the hijab to the classroom will put their education in jeopardy as they might stop attending classes. 

Counsel for the pleaders had argued on colorful aspects, including on the state government's February 5, 2022 order which banned wearing clothes that disturb equivalency, integrity, and public order in seminaries and sodalities. 

Some lawyers had also argued that the matter be appertained to a five- judge constitution bench. 

On the other hand, the counsel appearing for the state had argued that the Karnataka government order that demurred up a row over hijab was" religion neutral". 

Averring that the agitation in support of wearing hijab in educational institutions wasn't a" robotic act" by a many individualities, the state's counsel had argued in the apex court that the government would have been" shamefaced of dereliction of indigenous duty" if it hadn't acted the way it did. 

On March 15, the high court had dismissed the desires filed by a section of Muslim scholars of the GovernmentPre-University Girls College in Karnataka's Udupi seeking authorization to wear the hijab inside classrooms, ruling it isn't a part of the essential religious practice in Islamic faith. 

The state government's order of February 5, 2022 was challenged by some Muslim girls in the high court. 

Several pleas have been filed in the apex court challenging the high court verdict.