Muslim students from Karnataka on Monday approached the Supreme Court, requesting a directive to allow government educational institutions in the state to permit them to sit for examinations wearing hijab.

The Supreme Court said it will consider setting up a three-judge bench to adjudicate the case related to wearing hijab in Karnataka schools following its split verdict.

A bench comprising Chief Justice DY Chandarchud, and Justices V Ramasubramanian and JB Pardiwala, took note of the submissions of senior lawyer Meenakshi Arora that an interim order was needed keeping in mind the examinations, scheduled for some classes from February 6 in the state.

“This is the headscarf matter. The girls have practical examinations from February 6, 2023 and this matter needs to be listed for interim directions so that they can appear. The practical examinations will be held in government schools,” the lawyer said, appearing for students.

“I will examine it. This is a three judge bench matter. We will allot a date,” the CJI said.

The senior advocate pointed out that most of the Muslim students have migrated to some private colleges in view of the continuing prohibition by the state government on wearing of hijab in educational institutions in Karnataka.

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