Supreme Court dismisses plea to stop Sikhs from carrying kirpans on domestic flights
The Hindu Sena had filed a PIL in the Supreme Court challenging the decision of the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security to carry kirpans in domestic flights for Sikhs, but it was rejected. Justice S Abdul Nazeer and Justice JK Maheshwari were on the panel that ordered the petitioner organization to approach the appropriate High Court. The bench said, “You go to the High Court. dismissed, with liberty to move the High Court.” The Hindu Sena, a group, filed a petition challenging the exemption granted to the Sikh community by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security.
The petitioner challenged the order issued by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security on March 4, 2022, which held that “Kirpan” can only be carried by a Sikh passenger in domestic flights, provided the length of his blade is 15.24 cm (6 cm). does not exceed inches) and the total length does not exceed 22.86 cm (9 in).
The petition states: “The freedom granted under the said order to the Sikh passengers/employees/stakeholders appears to be absolute without any consideration for the safety of fellow passengers and staff as the said order does not provide any provision to ensure that whether the person carrying a kirpan in high security areas such as airports and aircraft is a genuine Sikh or a fraud with intent to abuse the above liberty.”
The petition states that the liberty granted to Sikh pilgrims is arbitrary and in violation of Article 14 and Article 15 with respect to discrimination on the basis of religion, as no non-Sikh person shall be permitted to carry any such object. Not allowed which can be one. Potential danger to co-travellers.