Do You Want To Make It A National Issue: Supreme Court Asks While Refusing Urgent Hearing In Hijab Case
The Supreme Court today refused to grant urgent hearing to the appeal filed by the students against the interim order of the Karnataka High Court.
The SLP filed by students was mentioned by Senior Advocate Devadutt Kamat before the Bench of Chief Justice NV Ramana.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appeared for the state of Karnataka and told the Bench that the order has not come out yet.
The Bench asked the Petitioners to think whether they want to make it a national issue. "We are watching", the Court said.
At an appropriate time, we will interfere. We will take it up at the appropriate time, the Court said.
The Court also said that it will protect the constitutional rights of every citizen.
Devadutt Kamat told the Bench that the interim order amounted to "suspension of fundamental right to practice religion under Article 25 of the Constitution" and requested that the plea be listed for hearing on Monday.
Kamat also added that the interim order will have far reaching impact on students of all religions. He cited the example of Sikhs.
Tushar Mehta said that whether the issue is religious or political, the High Court should decide first.
We will see, the CJI said when Kamat insisted on listing of the plea for urgent hearing.
A three-judge Bench of the Karnataka High Court had on Thursday said that it will pass an interim order directing students not to insist on wearing any religious cloth on campuses of educational institutions, till the case is finally heard.
The High Court's order interim order was released today.