Thursday, August 04, 2022

Plea in SC against BCAS decision to allow Sikh passengers to carry Kirpan in domestic airport

New Delhi: A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court challenging the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security’s decision to allow Sikh passengers to carry kirpan on domestic flights operating from Domestic Terminals.

The petition was filed by Hindu Sena, through advocate Ankur Yadav, which sought to issue direction to restrain any article in the airport on the basis of religion that may pose a potential threat to the flight.

The petition filed by Hindu Sena is likely to be heard on Friday by a bench of Justices Abdul Nazeer and JK Maheshwari.

The petitioner Hindu Sena has challenged the Aviation Security order dated March 4, 2022, and corrigendum dated March 12, 2022, issued by the respondent Bureau of Civil Aviation Security alleging that whereby the Respondent created a loophole in the safety and security of the Airport and the aircraft and also safety and security of the passengers thereby violating the Fundamental Right to Life and Personal liberty of the public at large guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution of India.

In March, Aviation security regulator BCAS has earlier allowed Sikh aviation sector employees to carry kirpan on a person within the airport premises.

On March 4 2020, BCAS allowed Sikh passengers to carry Kirpan with the exception that this shall be for Sikh passengers only and, no stakeholder or its employee at the airport (including Sikh) and working in any terminal, domestic or international, shall be allowed to carry Kirpan on the person. But on March 12 BCAS removed the exception and allowed its Sikh employee to carry Kirpan.

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