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‘Only body that acts on behalf of college is CDC’

Karnataka HC Justice Aradhe
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Bengaluru: The College Development Committee (CDC) is the only body that acts on behalf of a college, and it has no political role under the MLA’s leadership.

Senior counsel S. S. Naganand, representing the Government PU College for Girls, Udupi, its Principal and Vice-Principal, told the Karnataka High Court on Wednesday February 23 that the Campus Front of India (CFI) and other organisations instigated students and parents, as a result of which children’s education is being affected.

Naganand presented the submission before a full bench comprising Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, Justices Krishna S. Dixit and J. M. Khazi, in response to the petitioners’ counsel, who questioned the legality of forming a CDC and entrusting it with the responsibility of prescribing uniforms.

Naganand argued that the petitioners did not disclose in the petition that their parents had given an undertaking while admitting their wards that they would abide by the college’s terms and conditions. He mentioned that some organisations threatened a college teacher and that a complaint had been filed recently.

He further said that Muslim girl students were not used to wearing hijab before 2014, when the uniform became mandatory. The court then inquired as to why the problem had emerged suddenly. Advocate General Prabhuling Navadagi said that he will give the reasons to the court under a sealed cover, along with the names of the organisations involved for the hijab controversy.

Naganand went on to say that some Muslim girls’ parents have occasionally asked about wearing the headscarf during class hours. They had even asked the college management to ensure that their children were not engaging in singing, dancing, music, or extracurricular activities. “I’m not sure if Muslim girls should refrain from singing with their classmates. Is it against Islam to sing the national anthem? None of these things are related to religion in any way “, he argued.

Senior Counsel Sajan Poovayya, speaking on behalf of the chairman of the Udupi Government PU College Development Committee, claimed that education is a state-secular activity, and hence secular attire is essential.

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