The two women's visit to the hill shrine on January 2 sparked protests across Kerala. Earlier this week, Kanakadurga claimed she had been assaulted by her mother-in-law for entering the shrine in violation of its traditions.
Calling the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 an eminently workable piece of legislation, the Supreme Court in 2017 said there was no justification to keep its enforcement suspended till certain amendments were cleared by Parliament
The decision to call a meeting of the committee on January 24 follows Kharge’s letter to the Prime Minister, urging the convening of a meeting at the earliest “so the public can draw its own conclusions in this matter”.
Justice Lalit decided to recuse after senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan pointed out that the judge had appeared as a counsel for BJP leader Kalyan Singh, who was Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh when the Babri Masjid was demolished.
The court also asked the media to avoid sensationalism while reporting sex crimes involving children, saying “sensationalising” them “may” help “garner Television Rating Points (TRPs) but does no credit to the credibility of the media”.