We are watching, will interfere at right time: SC on hijab row

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today declined to urgently hear the appeals against the Karnataka High Court’s interim order (the written order has not yet been issued) banning the hijab and other religious dresses in schools and colleges in the State.

Chief Justice of India NV Ramana said the apex court is watching and will interfere only at an appropriate time. ‘Don’t spread these things to a national level. We will interfere only at an appropriate time,’ the CJI said.

A girl in Karnataka had approached the Supreme Court after the High Court yesterday advised students to avoid wearing ‘religious garments’ until it decides on a case involving hijab restrictions in schools and colleges.

The girl’s petition had challenged the Karnataka High Court’s remarks that educational institutions in the State can open for now but with no religious clothing on campus, for the sake of peace.

The Solicitor General for the State government said the order of the Karnataka high court interim verdict has not come out yet.