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