RSS seeks judicial review on Sabarimala verdict

The Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) is exploring its options to challenge Supreme Court’s veredict on Sabarimala, seeking judicial review by a larger bench.  It said that all options, including judicial review by a larger bench, should be considered to challenge the SC ruling.

RSS general secretary Suresh Joshi asserting that sentiments of millions of devotees, including women, cannot be ignored, calls calls upon all the stakeholders, including spiritual and community leaders, to come together to analyse and address the issue availing judicial option.

He came down heavily on the Kerala government for immediately implementing the SC judgment despite simmering anger among devotees. However, he said the SC ruling needed to be respected and the stakeholders must convey their concerns to the authorities in a peaceful manner.

Meanwhile, making it clear the state government is bound to implement the Supreme Court verdict on the entry of women into Sabarimala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the state will ensure the necessary arrangements to allow women of all ages to enter the hill shrine.

A day after hundreds of women took to the streets against the verdict, Pinarayi said the government will not file a review petition. He said that the opinion is divided among devotees on the issue.

“The apex court issued its verdict after going through all aspects of the matter. Now, being a law-abiding state, we have to go by the SC verdict and take the steps necessary to implement the same. Since the SC has issued a verdict, till another rule is introduced, it’s the law of the land,” he added.

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