Hearing begins on fifth day in Karnataka High Court. Hearing begins on the fifth day in Karnataka High Court

Digital Desk, Bangalore. A three-judge bench of the Karnataka High Court on Thursday began hearing petitions related to the hijab controversy for the fifth consecutive day. The counsel for the petitioners is arguing for setting aside the interim order banning Muslim girl students from wearing hijab in the classrooms. The lawyers have argued that the government is misusing the interim order issued by the court to target Muslim students.

On the other hand, students staged a sit-in in front of the District Commissioner’s office in Shivamogga district demanding permission to wear hijab in classes amid curfew orders. District Commissioner Dr. R. Selvamani met the students and received a memorandum from them. Justice Krishna S. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, along with Dixit and Justice Khaji Jaibunnesa Mohiyuddin, is yet to accept the request.

The petitioners are likely to press for recall of the interim order praying that Muslim students have been sent back from schools for wearing hijab. Advocate General Prabhuling Navadgi, appearing for the government, objected to this, saying that if the request is considered, it is as good as considering the petitioner’s application.

Senior advocates Devdutt Kamat, Ravivarma Kumar and Yusuf Muchhala presented their side on Wednesday and completed their arguments. Meanwhile, six girl students from Udupi, who first launched their protest against not being allowed to enter classes for wearing hijab, have decided to remain absent from the college till further orders. Meanwhile, around 340 students in Hassan blocked the road carrying placards in support of hijab and the police had to struggle a lot to handle them.

The DSP warned of action after which they dispersed. Tense situation prevailed at Saraladevi College in Bellary as girl students wearing hijab refused to go back despite several requests from the college and police officials. Their parents have also come along with these girl students and they are standing there.


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