HC refuses interim order to stay decision permitting Sikhs to carry kirpans on domestic flights

Updated: Aug 18 2022 4:06PM

New Delhi, Aug 18 (PTI) The Delhi High Court Thursday refused to pass an interim order staying the operation of the decision allowing Sikhs to carry kirpans having a blade length of up to six inches while travelling on domestic flights.

"No stay," said a bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad while seeking the stand of the Centre and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on public interest litigation (PIL) challenging the March 4, 2022 notification in this regard.

The bench asked the respondents to file their response to the petition which seeks the constitution of a committee to examine “workable solutions” to ensure that a kirpan permitted to be carried on the flight is “appropriately designed and crafted” and does not have a blade length beyond 4 cm.