SC declines urgent hearing to review Petition on Sabarimala verdict

The Supreme Court  today refused to urgently hear a review petition seeking review of its judgement which lifted the ban on entry of women in age group 10 to 50 years into the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph had considered the submission of Shylaja Vijayan, president, National Ayyappa Devotees Association through Mathews J Nedumpara, which contended that the five-judge Constitution bench verdict lifting the ban was “absolutely untenable and irrational”

Rejecting an urgent hearing, the top court said “review petitions to come up for hearing in due course.” It may be recalled that CJI Ranjan Gogoi said last week  “no urgent mentioning of cases will be allowed” till certain parameters are fixed for it. “If somebody is going to be hanged tomorrow, then we can understand (urgency)”,  he added.

Two separate pleas were filed by National Ayyappa Devotees Association and the Nair Service Society (NSS) in connection with the September 28 judgment which had allowed entry of women of all ages in the hill-top shrine. Delhi-based Chetana Conscience of Women had also filed review petition.

The NSS, in its petition, said the judgment suffered from an error as it looked at the question of facts related to the temple and its customs when it should have restricted itself to questions of law.

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