SC asks petitioners’ lawyers to conclude arguments, says it is losing patience
Last Update: September 21, 2022, 21:36 IST
The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the counsel appearing for the petitioners in the Karnataka hijab ban controversy to conclude their rebuttal arguments within an hour tomorrow, saying “we are losing our patience”.
The top court, which heard submissions in the matter on the ninth day, said it would give just one hour to the lawyers for the petitioners to conclude their arguments on Thursday. “We will give you all an hour. you finish it. Now, this is the excess of hearing,” a bench of Justices Hemant Gupta and Sudhanshu Dhulia told senior advocate Huzefa Ahmadi.
Ahmadi has argued for one of the petitioners. The bench said that several lawyers have already presented their arguments before it. “We are losing our patience,” it said.
Ahmadi acknowledged in admiration, “I must say, your lordship has listened to us with unwavering patience.” “Do you think we have any other option?” The bench asked on a lighter note.
Noting that it will give one hour’s time on Thursday, the bench said that the rebuttal cannot go beyond that. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, Karnataka Advocate General Prabhuling K Navadgi and Additional Solicitor General KM Natraj have argued on behalf of the state, while senior advocates Dushyant Dave and Salman Khurshid have presented the views of the Muslim petitioners.
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