Supreme Court delivers split verdict in Hijab row

The Supreme Court on Thursday delivered a split verdict on a batch of pleas challenging the Karnataka High Court judgment refusing to lift the ban on hijab in educational institutions of the state.

While Justice Hemant Gupta dismissed the appeals against the HC verdict, Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia allowed them.

“There is divergence of opinion,” said Justice Gupta, who was heading the bench, while pronouncing the verdict.

In view of the split verdict, the bench directed that the appeals against the HC verdict be placed before the Chief Justice of India for constituting an appropriate larger bench.