AIR FORCE MEN CAN’T SPORT BEARD: SUPREME COURT

The Supreme Court on Thursday (December 15) held that personnel working in the Indian Air Force (IAF) cannot sport a beard based on religious grounds. A bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur said that the Centre’s decision to prohibit personnel of a particular community from sporting beard does not infringe upon the fundamental rights.

The bench also comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud and L Nageswara Rao dismissed the pleas filed by two Muslim personnel of IAF who had challenged the dismissal of their pleas by the Delhi High Court.

The apex court verdict came on two petitions filed separately by two personnel, Mohammed Zubair and Ansari Aaftab Ahmed, challenging the IAF authorities’ ‘confidential’ order dated February 24, 2003, prohibiting Muslim personnel from sporting a beard.

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