Sabarimala Temple Issue in Supreme Court Highlights: Suggesting that the opposing sides in the Sabarimala temple case should meet to fine tune the issues already suggested by the Sabarimala bench, the CJI S A Bobde on Monday granted three-week time to file their suggestions. He said Supreme Court’s Secretary General will coordinate with lawyers in reframing or adding issues to be dealt by it.
The apex court began hearing the pleas relating to discrimination against women at religious places including Kerala’s Sabarimala Temple. The nine-judge bench said that it will only hear the questions referred in the review order passed by the court on November 14 in the Sabarimala temple issue. “We are not hearing review pleas of Sabarimala case. We are considering issues referred to by a 5-judge bench earlier,” PTI quoted the bench as saying.
An apex court bench, headed by then Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, had on November 14 asked a larger bench to re-examine various religious issues, including the entry of women into the Sabarimala Temple and mosques and the practice of female genital mutilation in the Dawoodi Bohra community.
A total of 60 petitions were in Supreme Court for hearing by a nine-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde. The other judges on the bench are Justices R Banumathi, Ashok Bhushan, L Nageswara Rao, B R Gavai, S A Nazeer, M M Shantanagoudar, R Subhash Reddy, and Surya Kant. The new bench has no judge from the previous bench.