The Supreme Court on Thursday refused an early hearing on the pleas challenging the Karnataka High Court verdict which dismissed the petitions seeking permission to wear hijab inside the classroom, saying it is not part of the essential religious practice in the Islamic faith.
Muslim girl student Aishat Shifa, one of the petitioners, has requested an urgent hearing of her appeal against the Karnataka HC judgment upholding the ban on hijab in schools and colleges.
Her counsel Devadatt Kamat said exams are starting on March 28 and she would lose a year as authorities are not allowing entry with hijab.
CJI N V Ramana refused the early hearing and said, “Examinations have nothing to do with hijab… do not sensationalise the things.”
The apex court also did not entertain solicitor general Tushar Mehta’s attempt to intervene and make his point on behalf of the Karnataka government.
The Karnataka high court had dismissed the petitions filed by a section of Muslim students from the Government Pre-University Girls College in Udupi, seeking permission to wear a Hijab inside the classroom.