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Civil court should examine if wearing turban is essential for Sikhs: SC
2/19/2019 11:17:36 PM

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New Delhi, Feb 19: The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that it will not examine whether wearing a turban is an essential part of Sikh religion or not, adding that the issue should be heard by a civil court.
A bench headed by Justice SA Bobde, said: "We are not going to the larger issue of Sikhs should wear the turban or not," adding that the issue has to be adjudicated by a civil court after examining the evidence.
The court also wanted to know whether it is mandatory to wear a turban in Sikh religion.
In July last year, the top court had issued a notice to the Union of India and cycling federation on a plea filed by a Sikh cyclist, Jagdeep Singh Puri, who was denied participation from contesting in a long-distance cycling competition.
Puri had moved the top court after he was allegedly denied participation in the cycle race as he wears a turban.
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