Karnataka News Highlights: FIR registered against members of CFI who had allegedly threatened teachers in Udupi college, Govt informs HC – The Indian Express

Bengaluru News Highlights: The Karnataka government on Thursday informed the High Court that a first information report has been registered against the members of the Campus Front of India (CFI), who had allegedly threatened some teachers in the Government Pre-University Girls College in Udupi district.
As soon as the proceedings began, state Advocate General Prabhuling Navadgi told the full bench of the High Court that an FIR has been registered. He also said he has furnished details relating to the CFI in a sealed cover to the bench. The full bench comprising Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, Justice J M Khazi and Justice Krishna S Dixit is hearing the hijab case.
A college in Bengaluru asked a Sikh girl to remove her turban, following the Karnataka High Court’s interim order on the Hijab row. According to PTI, the girl’s family has said that their daughter will not remove the turban and is taking legal opinion, with the High Court and government order not mentioning the Sikh turban.
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday said at least ten students of the state are stranded in Ukraine, and the government is working with the Indian Embassy there and Ministry of External Affairs to bring them back home safely.
He said that he will also be speaking to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in this regard.
Later in the day, the state government issued a notification appointing senior IFS officer Manoj Rajan, Commissioner, Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority, Revenue Department (Disaster Management), as the Nodal Officer to facilitate safe movement of stranded people/students from Karnataka in Ukraine to their respective destinations, and has set up 24/7 Helpline for this purpose.
“At the time when war broke out between Russia and Ukraine, about hundred Indian students were on their way to the airport in two buses and got stranded, as the flights could not land. More than 10 are from Karnataka, we are gathering information about them,” Bommai said. (PTI)
A study carried out by Bangalore University’s Department of Environmental Science stated that the air quality at six locations of the Phase-II Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) improved in the period between 2017 and 2021, thereby showing a positive impact of the Metro project.
The study carried out under the guidance of Dr Nandini N, Professor and Principal Investigator with the Department of Environmental Science at Bangalore University, said Metro trains significantly contributed to the reduction of carbon emission. (Read more)
IFS officer Manoj Rajan has been appointed as the nodal officer from Karnataka to co-ordinate with Ministry of External Affairs and Embassy of India in Ukraine to provide all support for evacuation of stranded people from the state.
Karnataka has appointed Dr Manoj Ranjan, Commissioner of Disaster Management Authority, as nodal officer for coordination of safe return of students and people from Ukraine.
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Karnataka on Thursday reported 588 fresh cases of coronavirus and 19 virus-related fatalities, taking the aggregate to 39,39,287 and the death toll to 39,885. There were 1,692 discharges, pushing the total number of recoveries to 38,91,110, a health bulletin said.
Of the new cases, 353 were from Bengaluru Urban that saw 690 people being discharged and 14 virus-related deaths. The total number of active cases across the state is now 8,255. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 0.84 per cent, the case fatality rate (CFR) was 3.23 per cent.
Of the 19 deaths, 14 were from Bengaluru Urban, and one each from Chamrajanagara, Dakshina Kannada, Dharwad, Kalaburagi and Kodagu. (PTI)
Karnataka Congress leaders are meeting Rahul Gandhi at his residence in New Delhi. CCLP leaders, PCC president, working presidents of the state Congress has arrived to meet the leader. 
Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra met with the family members of Bajarang Dal activist Harsha who was recently murdered in Shivamogga district of Karnataka. 
Film actress and Congress leader Ramya questions arrest of film actor Chetan Kumar A. Kannada film actor and activist Chetan Kumar A alias Chetan Ahimsa was arrested for allegedly making comments against a Karnataka High Court judge who is part of a bench hearing the batch of petitions challenging the ban on hijab in educational institutions. His arrest came days after he participated in a protest march organised by pro-Dalit organisations. (Read more)

Appropriate measures are being taken to bring home Karnataka students stranded in Ukraine, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said.
Speaking to media persons in Vidhana Soudha he said, many Indian students are stranded in Ukraine as the war broke out between Ukraine and Russia when the students were heading to the airport. About 100 students are stranded in two buses. More than 10 of them are Kannadigas. “We are getting complete information about them. We are in constant touch with the Indian Embassy in Ukraine.”
“The Indian Embassy in Ukraine has issued suitable guidelines for the safety of Indian students. Action is being taken to bring them back safely once the flight services resume. We are in constant touch with the Foreign Secretary and I will discuss it with our External Affairs minister too,” Bommai said.
About 200 Indians returned home from Ukraine last week under the shadow of war. The students are returning in batches and this is the last batch. Karnataka students would be brought home safely, Bommai said replying to a question on the stranded students. (ENS)
Anna Shotbolt has taken charge in Bengaluru as the new British Deputy High Commissioner representing the UK in Karnataka and Kerala, the British Deputy High Commission said on Thursday. She is also the Deputy Trade Commissioner Investment for South Asia.
The double-hatted role reflects the growing importance of Bengaluru and South India in UK-India ties, especially in trade and investment, an official release said. Shotbolt succeeds Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford.
As the Head of the British Deputy High Commission in Bengaluru, her role will include strengthening partnerships with the government, promoting business and trade and bolstering people-to-people relationships between Karnataka, Kerala and the UK, the release said.
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Hearing for the Hijab petitions in the Karntaka High Court was adjourned for the tenth day. Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi said that the hearing will be finished tomorrow when the Court hears the remaining petitioners.
A day after a Delhi government school student alleged that she was asked to remove hijab by her teacher, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said no such restrictions have been imposed and the issue is being politicised by some people.
Addressing a press conference, Sisodia, who also holds the Education portfolio, said the AAP dispensation respects all traditions and students from all religions and castes are treated with dignity at its schools.
The comments by Sisodia came after a minor girl from a Delhi government school in Mustafabad alleged that she was asked to remove her headscarf at school. The girl made the allegation in a video which went viral on social media.
“Delhi schools have an excellent arrangement to teach students. Regarding this incident..attempts are being made to politicise the issue. In our schools, students of all religions and caste are treated with dignity. There are no restrictions from our side and their traditions are respected,” Sisodia said in response to a question. (PTI)
The Karnataka government on Thursday informed the High Court that a first information report has been registered against the members of the Campus Front of India (CFI), who had allegedly threatened some teachers in the Government Pre-University Girls College in Udupi district.
As soon as the proceedings began, state Advocate General Prabhuling Navadgi told the full bench of the High Court that an FIR has been registered. He also said he has furnished details relating to the CFI in a sealed cover to the bench. The full bench comprising Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, Justice J M Khazi and Justice Krishna S Dixit is hearing the hijab case.
“With regard to the submission made by senior advocate S S Naganand against an organisation, an FIR has been registered,” Navadgi told the bench. On Wednesday, the court had sought to know from the state government the role of the Campus Front of India (CFI).
On January 1, six girl students of a college in Udupi attended a press conference held by the CFI in the coastal town protesting against the college authorities denying them entry into classrooms wearing hijab. (PTI)
Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra on Thursday said the situation is peaceful and under control in Shivamogga that witnessed violence including stone-pelting and arson following the murder of a 28-year-old Bajrang Dal activist earlier this week. He said, police are interrogating eight arrested and others in connection with the murder, and all angles including the involvement of communal organisations are being looked into.
“Situation in Shivamogga is under control….I’m going there to take stock of the situation personally with officials there, things are peaceful. I compliment the people of Shivamogga,” Jnanendra said.
Addressing reporters here, he termed the murder and subsequent violence as ‘unfortunate’, and said efforts were on to secure justice for the deceased person’s family and to punish the guilty.
“There is no need for people to worry, the government is with you and will provide protection. Eight people have been arrested in the murder case, interrogations are of other are on. All angles are being looked into, including information about involvement of communal organisations,” he added. (PTI)
Karnataka Congress leaders are meeting Rahul Gandhi at his residence in New Delhi. CCLP leaders, PCC president, working presidents of the state Congress has arrived to meet the leader. 
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Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday said that efforts are being made to bring back Kannadigas who are stuck in Ukraine. “More than 10 students of Karnataka were stuck in a bus when the war started and the state government is in touch with the Ministry of External Affairs”, he added.
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The Karnataka High Court on Thursday started the hearing of the plea of students challenging Hijab Ban in colleges. This is the tenth day of the hearing.
Yesterday, the Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, who is heading the three-judge bench, asked for the details of the CFI, a student organisation affiliated to Popular Front of India (PFI) that is involved in organising Muslim students to fight for rights in the coastal districts of Karnataka.

A college in Bengaluru asked a Sikh girl to remove her turban, following the Karnataka High Court’s interim order on the Hijab row. According to PTI, the girl’s family has said that their daughter will not remove the turban and is taking legal opinion, with High Court and government order not mentioning the Sikh turban.

The college authorities said they informed the students about the Court order when the educational institution reopened on February 16.

However, the deputy director of pre-university education during his visit to the college earlier this week, on finding a group of girls in hijab, informed them about the Court order, asked them to abide by it. These girls demanded that no girls including the Sikh should be allowed to wear religious symbols. The college then got in touch with the Sikh girl’s father informing him about the court order and the need to abide by it. (PTI)
Based on a declaration by the Karnataka government that it is not interfering with uniform norms in private minority educational institutions, the Karnataka High Court Tuesday “disposed of” a petition filed by the Karnataka State Minorities Educational Institutions Managements Federation.

The federation had approached the High Court seeking directions for non-interference of the state government with the rights of minority educational institutions on running educational institutions. It argued that a government order of February 5 prescribing restrictions on uniforms cannot be enforced on private minority institutions. Read more
The six students of government pre-university college for women in Udupi, who approached the High Court seeking to allow them to wear hijab and attend classes, have appealed to the pre-university board to postpone their practical examinations starting from February 28. In their request, the students said they could not attend classes for the last two months after we were denied entry inside classrooms for wearing headscarves and needed more time to appear for the practical examinations.

A H Almas, one of the six petitioners, told reporters in Udupi Thursday that all the six students have requested the deputy director of pre-university education (DDPU) of Udupi district to consider postponing their practical examination. “The DDPU told us that he will communicate the request to the authorities concerned in the PU board,” she said.

Aliya Assadi, another petitioner in the hijab case, said they have been receiving threatening and abusive calls from unknown numbers after their demand for wearing hijab issue was politicised. (PTI)
Trouble erupted at the MGM college in Udupi on Thursday when some girl students wearing hijabs were sent out of the institution premises by the college principal. Postgraduate students who sought entry into the college wearing hijabs complained that they are not even allowed to attend the classes or enter the college premises which is in violation of the High Court order.

The students said they could not appear for their examinations earlier due to the row over the hijab issue. Girl students wearing hijab who came to attend degree classes also left the campus after the order from the principal. (PTI)
Members of Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Hindu Jagarana Vedike stage a protest demanding ban on SDPI and PFI in the wake of a Bajarang Dal activist’s murder, in Bengaluru, Wednesday, Feb 23, 2022. (PTI Photo)
Amid the continuing demand by several BJP leaders for a NIA probe into the murder of a 26-year-old Bajrang Dal activist in Seegehatti town of Shivamogga district, CM Basavaraj Bommai said a decision would be taken after police investigation is complete.
Police said the two arrested on Wednesday — Feroz Pasha (24) and Abdul Khadar (25) — are residents of Shivamogga.
On Sunday night, Harsha alias Harsha Hindu, who was involved in at least five cases of assault and attempt to murder, was attacked by a group of armed assailants.
On Tuesday, the police had arrested six people —Mohammed Kashif, Syed Nadeem, Afsifullah Khan, Rihan, Nihan, Abdul Afnan — in connection with the murder case.
Karnataka’s department of primary and secondary education on Tuesday asked schools and colleges to create separate enclosures for female students to remove their hijab inside the campus, quoting the interim order of the Karnataka High Court which restrains students from wearing religious attire in classrooms where the college development committees have prescribed uniform or dress code.
The department stated that the order is confined to institutes where uniforms exist. “We request the state government and other stakeholders to reopen the education institutions and allow the students to return to the classes at the earliest. Pending consideration of all these petitions, we restrain all the students regardless of their religion or faith from wearing saffron shawls, scarfs, hijab, religious flags or the like within the classroom until further orders. We make it clear that the order is confined to such of the institutions wherein the College Development Committees have prescribed the student dress code/uniforms,” the order signed by Padmini SN, under secretary, Department of primary and secondary education read.

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