Supreme Court To Hear Petitions Challenging Its Sabarimala Verdict

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Supreme Court To Hear Petitions Challenging Its Sabarimala Verdict

The petitioners alleged that the assumption of the temple being based on notions of menstrual impurity is “factually erroneous”.

The Supreme Court will consider today a batch of petitions seeking the recall of the constitution bench verdict allowing the entry of women in the age group of 10 to 50 years at Lord Ayyappa’s temple at Sabarimala.

The bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Rohinton Fali Nariman, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra would consider the review petitions in their chambers at 3 pm.

Besides this, four more petitions relating to Sabarimala temple are listed for hearing today by a bench comprising Chief Justice Gogoi and Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph.

National Association of Ayyappa Devotees, Nair Service Society, and 17 other organisations have moved the review petition seeking recall of the September 28 verdict.

The five-judge Constitution Bench headed by then Chief Justice Dipak Misra had junked the age-old tradition of the Lord Ayyappa temple by a majority verdict of 4:1.

The BJP that launched a rally last week from north Kerala’s Kasaragod to “protect” the traditions and rituals of the hill shrine will conclude its Rath Yathra and reach Pathanamthitta today. Thousands of people, who are supporting the top court’s order, are also expected to gather in Thiruvananthapuram.

The Supreme Court said that the ban on women in menstruating age group, whose presence at the Sabarimala temple was considered “impure”, violated their fundamental rights and constitutional guarantee of equality.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by Daily Report and is published from NDTV.)

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