Kirpan in apex courtroom: Supreme Court to look into plea

FPJ BureauUpdated: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 02:42 AM IST
article-image

New Delhi: Distressed at being denied entry to the Supreme Court by security men for carrying a kirpan, advocate Amritpal Singh Khalsa (in pic) on Thursday made a mentioning before the Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. “Everyday I am humiliated, harassed because I am carrying kirpan. On Wednesday, I was denied entry due to it,” he said. The CJI said he will look into it.

The Sikhs regularly suffer in foreign countries for carrying the kirpan, but it happening in India’s highest court is shocking, the lawyer said. Singh has also sent a letter to the CJI detailing his grievances, pointing out he was denied entry into the Court premises on Wednesday because he was carrying the dagger, which was longer than six inches.

The letter says he had made a Right to Information (RTI) application seeking information on the size of kirpan allowed inside the SC. There is “no circular/date/information/judgment/order that permits/regulates the size” of the same, he said.

He stressed it is a fundamental right to wear and carry the dagger, and there is no rule/law regulating size of the same for entry into the court. His letter ends with the request to issue directions to security personnel to allow followers of the Sikh religion to carry a kirpan in the court complex.  The kirpan, a small sword or dagger, is one of the five articles of faith of the Sikh religion.

(To receive our E-paper on whatsapp daily, please click here. To receive it on Telegram, please click here. We permit sharing of the paper's PDF on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.)

RECENT STORIES

Mumbai: Dead body of man in his 50s found in BKC creek

Mumbai: Dead body of man in his 50s found in BKC creek

Mumbai: Central Railway appoints contractor for cleaning, sale of products on four trains

Mumbai: Central Railway appoints contractor for cleaning, sale of products on four trains

Maharashtra: Climate change may hit state's renewable energy potential

Maharashtra: Climate change may hit state's renewable energy potential

Lumpy skin disease: Punjab urges Centre to enhance vaccine supply

Lumpy skin disease: Punjab urges Centre to enhance vaccine supply

Maharashtra: Opposition slams govt over use of force, provocative language by Shinde camp MLAs

Maharashtra: Opposition slams govt over use of force, provocative language by Shinde camp MLAs
epaper
Do you wish to receive daily Epaper on your WhatsApp for FREE?
NO
Yes