On Friday, the Bench headed by Chief Justice Awasthi reserved its verdict in the hijab case after a 11-day marathon hearing. Presiding over the matter, he urged counsel appearing for various parties to make their arguments brief, and asked them not to repeat submissions so as to save the time of the Court. He also refused to hear arguments by intervenors, and instead assured them that their written submissions would be perused by the Court.
“We cannot hear this matter for six months,” he said even as various lawyers appearing for the intervenors sought time to make submissions.
The Bench heard extensive arguments on the scope and limitations of various fundamental rights, including the right to freedom of religion under Article 25 and the right to freedom of expression under Article 19(1)(a).