CJI agrees for urgent listing of hijab case before March 9

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Today, Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud agreed to take a call on an urgent listing of the hijab case before the commencement of exams scheduled on March 9. In the Hijab case, Muslim girls were seeking interim relief for allowing them to wear hijabs and attend exams in the government colleges. This case was mentioned today by Advocate Shadan Farast before the Chief Justice of India (CJI).
Earlier on January 23, 2023, Senior Advocate Meenakshi Arora mentioned the urgency of listing the case due to upcoming exams in government colleges before CJI to which he agreed. During the hearing of the case today, Farasat stated that “They have already lost one year. They don’t want to lose one more year. The prayer is only to let them take part in the exam. I am not seeking any other directions.”
In the previous hearing on March 2022, the ban on Muslim girls wearing headscarves or hijabs in government colleges imposed by the State government was upheld by the Karnataka High Court. Further on October 2022, a split decision was given by the two-judge bench of the Supreme Court on whether to allow Muslim girls to wear hijabs and attend exams in government colleges or not.