The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked counsel appearing before the petitioners in the Karnataka hijab ban controversy to finalize their rebuttal arguments within an hour tomorrow, saying “we are losing our patience”.
The Supreme Court, which heard the submissions in the case before the ninth day, said it would give the lawyers only one hour for the petitioners to finalize their arguments on Thursday.
“We’ll give you all an hour. Finish that. Now it’s an overdose of hearings,” a bench of judges Hemant Gupta and Sudhanshu Dhulia told senior lawyer Huzefa Ahmadi.
Mr Ahmadi has argued for one of the petitioners.
The bank said several lawyers have already put forward their arguments. “We are losing our patience,” it sounds.
“I must say, your nobles have heard us with inexhaustible patience,” acknowledged Mr. Ahmadi in appreciation.
“Do you think we have another choice?” the bank asked in a lighter tone.
Given that it would give an hour on Thursday, the bank said the rebuttal cannot go further than that.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, Solicitor General Prabhuling K Navadgi of Karnataka and Additional Solicitor General KM Nataraj have argued on behalf of the state, while senior lawyers Dushyant Dave and Salman Khurshid have put forward the views of the Muslim petitioners.
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