Ban on Muslims sporting beard in IAF justified, SC told

PTI | New Delhi

The Centre has justified in the Supreme Court its decision to prohibit Muslim personnel working in the Indian Air Force (IAF) from sporting a beard and asserted that it does not in any manner infringe upon their fundamental rights.

"The order was issued in the interest of cohesiveness in a combatant force like the IAF and also keeping in view the security implications.

"These policies are secular in character and have not been framed to govern the conduct of Air Force personnel to any particular religion," the Centre said.