SC to hear pleas challenging Sabarimala verdict on 13th

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 24 Oct 2018 08:42:19



THE Supreme Court said on Tuesday that it would hear on November 13 the petitions seeking review of its September 28 verdict allowing women of all age groups into the Sabarimala temple in Kerala. The five-judge Constitution bench headed by then Chief Justice Dipak Misra, in its 4:1 verdict, had paved the way for entry of women of all ages into the temple saying that the ban amounted gender discrimination.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S K Kaul said on Tuesday that fresh petitions, which included the one filed by National Ayyappa Devotees Association (NADA) and 19 review petitions, are listed for hearing at 3 pm on November 13. “Sabarimala cases will be taken up on November 13 at 3 pm. The order has been passed,” the CJI said when Mathews J Nedumpara, representing NADA, again mentioned the plea for urgent hearing.

The apex court’s verdict has led to protests and counter-protests at the hill-top shrine in Kerala.  The court had on October 9 declined an urgent hearing on Nedumpara’s plea which had contended that the five-judge Constitution bench’s verdict lifting the ban was “absolutely untenable and irrational.”

The bench had said the review petitions could only be taken up after the Dussehra vacation, adding that in any case, it will be heard in chamber and not in open court. The petition filed by Shylaja Vijayan, President, NADA through Nedumpara, had submitted that, “Faith cannot be judged by scientific or rationale reasons or logic.”

“The notion that the judgement under review is revolutionary, one which removes the stigma or the concept of dirt or pollution associated with menstruation, is unfounded. It is a judgement welcomed by hypocrites who were aspiring for media headlines. On the merits of the case, as well, the said judgement is absolutely untenable and irrational, if not perverse,” the petition had submitted.