On Thursday the High Court which is hearing the hijab case ordered both sides to finish their arguments by Friday. Chief Justice Rituraj Awasthi's bench further stated that the decision in the case would be made soon.
The lawyers were informed by the bench that they needed to finish their arguments by Friday. Aside from that, both parties should submit their final applications within two to three days of each other. During this time, the petitioner's lawyer, Devdutt Kamat, told the bench that his client got admitted to College two years ago. She is accustomed to wearing a hijab and now finds herself unable to do so. They asked the court to overturn a government decision issued on February 5 outlawing the wearing of the hijab. Under Article 25, he claims, the government cannot issue such an order.
How can you insist on wearing the hijab in an institution where uniforms are enforced, the Chief Justice asked? What are the petitioner's fundamental rights, as well? He also demanded that Kamat show that the hijab constituted a religious observance. We're not talking about any restrictions, according to the Chief Justice. We're merely inquiring about the right you insist on having. "These rights have come from the Quran," Kamat responded.
Girls are not allowed to wear hijab at schools and universities, which has caused controversy in several regions. On Thursday, a similar situation arose at MGM College in Udupi. The principal refused to let hijab-wearing girls inside the school. In the meanwhile, practical examinations for female students will begin on February 28. The female students claim that they will be unable to take the exam in this situation. The girls have also taken this matter to the High Court.
The Karnataka government handed over the College Front of India's (CFI) horoscope to the High Court in a sealed envelope on Thursday. On Wednesday, a bench led by Chief Justice Rituraj Awasthi requested the government's full bureau, expressing surprise that the name of this group had come to light. On behalf of the Karnataka government, State Advocate General Prabhuling Navadgi informed the bench that an FIR has been filed against the CFI based on a complaint by the professors of Sarkar Balika PU College in Udupi district.
On Thursday, Karnataka Home Minister Araga Gyanendra claimed the situation in Shivamogga is calm and under control. Following the assassination of Bajrang Dal worker Harsh, there have been other episodes of burning and violence, raising tensions. Police have detained eight persons and are questioning them. All facets of the case are being investigated, including the murder.