10 AUGUST ‘THE GANDHI CAP’ CASE
‘The Gandhi Cap’ case judgement is remembered on this day. In June 1930, the District Magistrate (DM) of Guntur (Andhra Pradesh) passed an order wherein the Gandhi cap could not be worn by anyone in a public place in Guntur and within five miles of it. The DM backed the Police plea that they could not differentiate between those who were members of the Civil Disobedience Movement (all of whom wore the caps) and those who were not. Justice Pandalay heard the appeal and overruled this order stating that all those wearing the ‘Gandhi Cap’ could not be assumed to be supporters of the Civil Disobedience Movement. He went on to say that if an Englishman could wear a top hat, etc., as part of his attire, there was no reason Indians could be prevented from wearing a ‘Gandhi Cap’ that was part of the national dress of many.
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