Bengaluru: Following death threats received by Karnataka High Court judges who passed the hijab verdict, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai announced that they will be given ‘Y’ category security.
Speaking to mediapersons outside his Bengaluru residence CM Bommai said, “We have decided to give a ‘Y’ category security to all three judges who gave the hijab verdict. I have instructed the Director-General and Inspector-General to properly investigate the complaint made in Vidhana Soudha Police Station, in which some people gave life threat to judges.”
“If anybody is not happy with the verdict, he or she have the option of approaching the higher courts. We will not tolerate anti-national forces that threaten the rule of law in the country,” he said. Bommai also questioned the silence of so-called liberals and secularists, on the threats being issued to the judges.
Three Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamath (TNTJ) members were arrested in Tamil Nadu for allegedly making derogatory remarks about the Karnataka High court’s hijab row.
Bommai called for strict actions against three accused of threatening the judges. He condemned the incident saying, “Being in favour of a community is not secularism, that is communalism. I condemn this and we all should stand together. This will be condemned by the government.”
The special bench comprising the Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court Ritu Raj Awasthi, Justice Krishna S. Dixit and Justice Khaji Jaibunnesa Mohiyuddin, while dismissing the petitions demanding hijab in classrooms, had underlined that wearing of hijab is not an essential part of Islam.
In Karnataka, Vidhana Soudha police in Bengaluru have booked FIRs based on the complaint by advocate Sudha Katwa. In the complaint it is mentioned that there is death threat, criminal intimidation, use of abusive language and also breach of peace and communal harmony in the state.
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