On a petition contesting a notice allowing Sikhs to carry kirpans on aeroplanes, the Delhi High Court has issued a notice.

Delhi High Court heard from the Central Government and others on Thursday about a complaint challenging the notification that Sikhs can carry Kirpan on board any civilian flights in India . The issue has been listed for further study on December 15, 2022 .

New Delhi, India, August 18: The Delhi High Court heard from the Central Government and others on Thursday about a complaint challenging the notification that Sikhs can carry Kirpan on board any civilian flights in India.According to the notification, the Director General, Bureau of Civil Aviation Safety, Government of India, issued the notification on March 4, 2022.The issue has been listed for further study on December 15, 2022.According to the petition, it was discovered that a Kirpan may only be carried by a Sikh passenger on his person if the length of its blade not exceeds 6 inches and the total length of Kirpan not exceeds 9 inches.

This restriction was withdrawn by way of a corrigendum of March 12, 2022, which amended the impugned notice, giving Sikhs the right to carry Kirpans on their person The petition was seeking a way to declare the said Corrigendum as ultra vires.The petition argues that the preamble to the impugned notification can aver that Kirpans are carried within the aircraft for the purpose of ensuring the safety of passengers, crew, aircraft, ground personnel, and the general public in all manners connected to protecting against acts of unlawful interference with civil aviation.The petition also points out that carrying Kirpans in a civilian aircraft is dangerous and prohibited The exception is also stated to be not limited to Indian citizens, though Sikhs from other nations may transport Kirpans on domestic routes in India without a protective mechanism, except that the existence of the religious significance of the carriage of Kirpans in public places is adequately safeguarded by the carriage of appropriately designed and crafted, manufactured, and retailed symbolic Kirpans made of steel, not exceeding 4 cm blade length, with a similar hilt to disable a hand grip with or