Delhi HC: Sikhs are not banned from carrying Kirpan during air travel, court dismisses petition – Sikhs Are Not Banned From Carrying Kirpan During Air Travel

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The Delhi High Court has dismissed a PIL against allowing Sikhs to carry kirpans during air travel. Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma said the petition is dismissed.

Petitioner Harsh Vibhor Singhal had claimed that a committee of stakeholders should be constituted to deliberate on the issue of allowing kirpan to be carried in flight. Singhal challenged the central government’s notification issued on March 4, 2022. It said that Sikh passengers would have to obtain specific regulatory approval to carry the kirpan on passenger flights operating on all domestic routes in India. During air travel, the length of the blade of the saber of Sikh travelers should not exceed six inches and the total length of the saber should not exceed nine inches.

The bench had earlier orally remarked that this is the policy of the Government of India and the court cannot interfere in it unless it is being arbitrary. The petitioner had said that he was not questioning the right to profess and practice any religion under Article 25 of the Constitution but wanted constitution of a committee of stakeholders to examine the issue.

Maintain wide lanes on busy roads: High Court

The High Court has observed that there is a need for equally wide walkways for pedestrian convenience, especially on congested roads. The court made the observation while issuing notice to the Delhi Waqf Board in a matter related to obstruction in the way of PWD due to the mosque located near the temple on Mathura Road. Justice Pratibha M Singh issued notice to the Waqf Board on a plea by the guardians of the temple.

The government’s lawyer gave this argument
The ITO had moved the high court earlier this month after the authority sent a letter on the alleged encroachment by the temple. The counsel for the Delhi government said that the width of the path was required to be six metres, which was blocked by the temple. The lawyer said that there is a mosque next to the temple and a notice has also been sent to the Delhi Waqf Board. At present the road is 2.5 meters wide as per requirement instead of six metres.

Call Waqf Board’s lawyer, we will sort it out: Court
The court said call the Waqf Board’s lawyer, we will sort it out. Due to heavy traffic, it is not possible to walk on the road and in such a situation space is necessary for the convenience of pedestrians. The footpath will be made uniform for pedestrians. Issue a notice to the Delhi Waqf Board in view of the need to make the pedestrian path uniform. On a busy road like Mathura Road, there is a need to make a six meter wide footpath uniformly, so that there is space for pedestrians. The counsel for the Delhi government said that since 2012 there is no dispute regarding encroachment on the footpath and standing in the way of the temple.

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The Delhi High Court has dismissed a PIL against allowing Sikhs to carry kirpans during air travel. Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma said the petition is dismissed.

Petitioner Harsh Vibhor Singhal had claimed that a committee of stakeholders should be constituted to deliberate on the issue of allowing kirpan to be carried in flight. Singhal challenged the central government’s notification issued on March 4, 2022. It said that Sikh passengers would have to obtain specific regulatory approval to carry the kirpan on passenger flights operating on all domestic routes in India. During air travel, the length of the blade of the saber of Sikh travelers should not exceed six inches and the total length of the saber should not exceed nine inches.

The bench had earlier orally remarked that this is the policy of the Government of India and the court cannot interfere in it unless it is being arbitrary. The petitioner had said that he was not questioning the right to profess and practice any religion under Article 25 of the Constitution but wanted constitution of a committee of stakeholders to examine the issue.

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