New Delhi: The Supreme Court today declined to grant an urgent hearing to a PIL that asked for a directive to the Center and states to enact a uniform dress code for faculty and students at accredited educational institutions in order to ensure equality, foster brotherhood, and advance national integration.
Ashwini Upadhyay, a lawyer, requested that his PIL, along with the group of appeals filed against the Karnataka High Court’s decision on the hijab controversy, be scheduled for consideration before the bench presided over by Chief Justice NV Ramana.
The petitions contesting the Karnataka High Court decision refusing to abolish the hijab prohibition in the state were agreed to be listed next week by the bench, which also included justices Krishna Murari and Hima Kohli.
“We have told you a number of times.” Do not force me to repeat it. Every day you file a PIL. How many matters have you filed? As if there was no regular litigation. I do not know, in every case you come and mention. It will come in due course. Wait…,” the bench said.
Nikhil Upadhyay, through lawyers Ashwini Upadhyay and Ashwani Dubey, filed a PIL earlier in February asking the Supreme Court to adopt a uniform clothing code at educational institutions in response to the hijab controversy.
The petition also asks that the Center be instructed to form a commission of judges or an expert panel to recommend ways to instil the concepts of “social and economic justice, socialism, secularism, and democracy and to promote brotherhood, dignity, unity, and national cohesion among the students.
Human controversy took a violent turn at several places, mostly in Karnataka.