The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear the review petitions against its Sabarimala verdict in open court on January 22. However, the five-judge bench, comprising of CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Rohinton Nariman, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra, clarified that there would be no stay on its September 28 verdict that allowed entry of women of all age groups in Sabarimala Temple.
This means women of all ages are still allowed to enter the Sabarimala temple till such time the SC hears the matter. The writ petitions are also likely to be listed along with the review petitions. Earlier in the day, a bench of CJI Gogoi and Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph deferred hearing on fresh petitions, saying the writ pleas would be heard subject to the decision of the review petitions. Read it here in Malayalam
The writ and review petitions were filed after the September 28 judgment of the Supreme Court, which held that women, irrespective of their age, have the right to enter the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple. The temple has opened twice since the apex court’s judgment but has been marred by protests. The SC decision holds importance ahead of the temple opening for a two-month-long annual festival on November 17.
The Supreme Court heard a clutch of petitions challenging its verdict on the entry of women of all ages to Sabarimala temple in Kerala. Here are the highlights
Will stand guard outside Sabarimala till January 22, says activist Rahul Easwar
Rahul Easwar, the activist who has been leading the Sabarimala protest against the Supreme Court verdict and is president of the Ayyappa Dharma Sena, said his outfit would stand guard outside the temple till January 22 when the apex court would hear the review petitions. "Kerala government must cooperate with pilgrims. Devotees will naturally react against any attempt to violate traditions. We will stand guard outside Sabarimala till January 22 when the SC hears the review petition," he said. Congress leader K Sudhakaran said the SC decision has instilled a sense of hope. "Decision of SC to hear review petition in open court gives us hope, meanwhile we will continue our protests on Sabarimala," he said.
Rahul Eashwar, who led #Sabarimala protests, says: 'Kerala govt must cooperate with pilgrims, Devotees will naturally react against any attempt to violate traditions, we will stand guard outside Sabarimala till Jan 22 when the SC hears the review petition @IndianExpress— Vishnu Varma (@VishKVarma) November 13, 2018
Review pleas to be heard well after the two-month long pilgrimage season concludes
January 22, the date when the review petitions on Sabarimala would be taken up in open court, is well after the two-month-long 'mandala-makaravilakku' festival concludes. The two-month long ‘mandalam-makaravilakku’ pilgrimage season is set to begin on November 17. A total of 550 women in the age group of 10 to 50 are believed to have signed up for darshan through the online booking facility of the Kerala Police.
Supreme Court says there will be no stay on its earlier Sabarimala verdict
Supreme Court says there will be no stay on its verdict that allowed entry of women of all age groups in Sabarimala Temple. This means women of all ages are still allowed to enter the Sabarimala temple till such time the SC hears the matter. The writ petitions are also likely to be listed along with the review petitions.
Supreme Court to hear Sabarimala review petitions in open court
Supreme Court to hear 49 review petitions in open court on January 22, reports ANI. No stay on SC verdict allowing women of all ages to enter Sabarimala temple. Travancore Devaswom Board, which administers the Sabarimala temple, to meet at 4 pm to discuss the SC ruling on the pending review petitions.
Sabarimala hearing: What is in-chamber hearing?
The Supreme Court has begun deliberating upon a clutch of 49 review petitions in-chamber. The petitions are being considered by CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Rohinton Nariman, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra. When a plea is heard in-chamber, lawyers representing parties to the case are not heard. Only the learned judges are privy to the deliberations before they take a decision.
Two-month long ‘mandalam-makaravilakku’ pilgrimage season to begin next week
The two-month long ‘mandalam-makaravilakku’ pilgrimage season is set to begin next week. A total of 550 women in the age group of 10 to 50 are believed to have signed up for darshan through the online booking facility of the Kerala Police. Every year during the festival, the Kerala Police operates the ‘virtual queue’ system similar to the Tirupati temple through which pilgrims can select the date and time of their choice when they could have darshan of the deity at Sabarimala.
CPM-led Kerala government planning to hold all-party meeting on Sabarimala issue
The CPM-led Kerala government is planning to hold an all-party meeting on Wednesday to discuss various issues pertaining to the Sabarimala temple. However, BJP state president P S Sreedharan Pillai said he has “not yet received a call from the government” for the meeting. “If the meeting is being held with a good intention, we will attend,” he said. The BJP and various Hindu organisations spearheading the protests are also conducting a rath yatra that is slated to reach the temple’s base point on Tuesday.
Sabarimala a 'secular' temple: Kerala High Court
The Kerala government Monday strongly opposed a plea by a BJP functionary, seeking to restrain non-Hindus and non-idol worshippers inside the Sabarimala temple, saying the hill shrine was a "secular temple" where devotees of all faiths visit for offering prayers.
Kerala govt likely to hold all party meet
With the temple opening for a two-month-long annual festival on November 17, sources said that the CPM-led state government is planning to hold an all-party meeting Wednesday to discuss various aspects of the issue.
Effort to implement SC order was misunderstood by some: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan
With the Supreme Court set to hear a clutch of review petitions Tuesday against its Sabarimala verdict allowing women of all ages to enter the temple in Kerala, the state’s Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told The Indian Express that his government’s efforts to implement the order may have led to misunderstanding by a “section of the faithful”.
SC adjourns hearing of writ petitions
The top court adjourned the hearing of writ petitions challenging the order allowing entry of all women to Sabarimala, saying it will take it up after deciding on the review petitions. A five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi will hear the review petitions at 3 PM today. If the review petitions are dismissed, we will hear the writs. If review is allowed, we will tag the writ petitions along with it, says CJI Ranjan Gogoi @IndianExpress— Ananthakrishnan G (@axidentaljourno) November 13, 2018