Air force per­son­nel can’t keep beard, rules Apex Court

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Bhadra Sinha [email protected]­dus­tan­

In­dian air­men can’t keep a beard as it is against their ser­vice rules, the Supreme Court ruled on Thurs­day. A bench headed by Chief Jus­tice TS Thakur up­held the sack­ing of an In­dian Air Force (IAF) man for keep­ing a long beard, say­ing mil­i­tary reg­u­la­tions were aimed at en­sur­ing dis­ci­pline and uni­for­mity.

The bench dis­missed pleas filed by two Mus­lim per­son­nel of the IAF — Mo­hammed Zubair and An­sari­AaftabAhme­d.TheP­un­jab and Haryana high court had dis­missed their pe­ti­tion ear­lier. The de­ci­sion to pro­hibit per­son­nel of a par­tic­u­lar com­mu­nity from sport­ing a beard didn’t in­fringe upon their fun­da­men­tal right to re­li­gion, the top court said.

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