The Petitions filed by female Muslim students against ban of wearing hijab by certain Karnataka State colleges will be heard by a full bench of the Karnataka High Court. Earlier the matter heard by a single- Judge Justice Krishna S Dixit who on February 9, referred to a larger Bench stating that the case involves important issues.

The Petitioners have also filed an appeal before the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India against an interim order by the Bench, but the Apex Court is yet to hear the said matter.

The Full Bench of the High Court comprising Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi and Justices Krishna S Dixit and JM Khazi started hearing the case on Thursday and proceeded to pass an interim order, directing students not to wear hijab, saffron shawls(bhagwa) or use any religious flags while attending classes in Karnataka Colleges which have a prescribed uniform in the interim.

Yesterday i.e. on 14th February Senior Advocate Devadatt Kamat presented his arguments in front of the Bench. The case was set to ne heard at 2:30 PM in the High Court today.

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