The Travancore Devaswom Board, which manages the temple, and the royal family of Pandalam have failed to reach an agreement over filing a review petition against the Supreme Court’s verdict allowing women to enter the Sabarimala temple. President of the managing committee of the Pandalam palace Sasikumar Varma said that the royal family urged the temple board to file a review petition, failing which they walked out of the meeting as their demands were not met.
“We’re upset that they’re unwilling to discuss it today. Meeting wasn’t satisfactory,” said Varma. The said meeting has been scheduled on Friday, and the next course of legal action would be discussed, including the review petition.
The royal family of Pandalam along with the family of the thantri (priest) Monday expressed willingness to attend the meeting. Earlier the Board had accepted the apex court’s order, however, amid the outcry, it has diluted its stand.
Board president and CPM leader A Padmakumar had said the board is torn between the to court’s order and the agitation raised against it protecting temple traditions.