SC to hear 49 review petitions on Sabarimala, in open court on Jan 22

The Supreme Court  today deferred the hearing of the fresh petitions pertaining to the entry of women into Kerala’s Sabarimala temple. A bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph said the writ petitions would be heard subject to the decision of the review petitions filed against the Sabarimala verdict.

The 49 review petitions are presently being considered in-chamber by the CJI and Justices Rohinton Nariman, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and  Indu Mlahotra. “If the review petitions are dismissed, we will hear the writ petition. If the review is allowed, we will tag the writ petitions along with it,” CJI Ranjan Gogoi said.

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.

 Meanwhile, 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

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