The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an urgent hearing on a plea seeking a review on the verdict allowing entry of women of all ages in Kerala’s Sabarimala temple. The apex court said that “review petitions will come up for hearing in due course”.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph had considered the plea of Shylaja Vijayan, president, National Ayyappa Devotees Association, through Mathews J Nedumpara.
Supreme Court refuses urgent hearing on a review petition filed against the verdict allowing entry of women of all ages in Kerala's Sabarimala temple. Supreme Court says, 'review petitions to come up for hearing in due course.' pic.twitter.com/PuHTc2abkh— ANI (@ANI) October 9, 2018
The submission by the association contended that the five-judge Constitution bench verdict lifting the ban was "absolutely untenable and irrational". On Monday, multiple petitions were filed in the Supreme Court seeking review of its September 28 verdict of lifting the ban on the entry of women aged 10-50 into the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala.
Earlier, a five-Judge Constitution Bench headed by the then Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, by a 4:1 verdict, said that the ban on women in menstruating age group whose presence in the temple is considered as 'impure', violated their fundamental rights. After which the apex court lifted the ban and open the door of Lord Ayyappa temple for women of all ages.
The review petitions have been filed by Nair Service Society (NSS), People for Dharma, National Ayyappa Devotees Association and Chetana Conscience of Women, raising points of procedural error in the judgment.