Karnataka Chief Justice receives threats over his verdict on hijab matter
Police have registered a case against unknown people who apparently threatened Karnataka Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, who recently upheld the state government order banning wearing of hijabs in schools and colleges.
A police report has been made against unknown people for allegedly threatening High Court Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi over his recent judgment on upholding hijab ban in the schools and colleges in the state.
In a First Information Report, lawyer Umapathi S said that he got a video message on WhatsApp containing a "open threat of murder" against Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi.
The hijab is not a necessary religious practise, according to the Karnataka High Court, which approved a ban on hijabs in classrooms on Tuesday, weeks after violent protests in various parts of the state.
"I was astounded by the video and its content." That's why I went straight to the (high court) Registrar," the lawyer told a media outlet.
The lawyer stated in a letter to the Registrar, "Around 9:45 a.m., I received a WhatsApp video message from one of my contacts. The video message is in Tamil, and after hearing it, I was astonished to learn that there is an open threat of murder against the Hon'ble Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court and others in the aftermath of the recent verdict of the Hon'ble High Court of Karnataka banning hijab."
The video "seems to have originated from Tamil Nadu (possibly Madurai area) in an open public meeting, where the speaker references to the murder of Hon'ble Judge while strolling in Jharkhand state," according to the lawyer. In July of last year, an autorickshaw purposefully ran over and killed a judge in Jharkhand, as captured on CCTV. The Central Bureau of Investigation took up the investigation.
"The speaker makes a similar threat to the Hon'ble Chief Justice of Karnataka by asserting that people know where the Chief Justice walks," the counsel claimed.