Submissions of lawyer Mathews J Nedumpara have finally been considered by a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice SK Kaul that his petition looking for a review of the lawful bench judgment be listed for hearing urgently.
“We know that there are 19 review petitions pending. By tomorrow we will decide,” the bench said. Nedumpara was mentioning the petition filed by National Ayyappa Devotees Association.
A five-judge constitution bench by a ratio of 4:1 had concluded that women of all age groups should not be denied entry in Kerala’s Sabarimala Temple.
Despite the Supreme Court’s verdict, allowing women to enter Sabarimala Temple, no woman has been able to enter the shrine since then. Women are being stopped by protesters from reaching the temple.
The temple administration will stop performing the religious rituals if any tradion is broken, said the administration in a written document to the government. The Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) will soon be filing a detailed report on the ‘grave situation’ to the Supreme Court.
After the violent protests broke out in Pamba, Nilakkal – base camps of Sabarimala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, blamed the RSS for trying to “erase the distinction of Sabarimala.”
The BJP and the Kerala Congress, denied its role in whiffing the remonstrations. Both the parties have fervidly opposed the judgement of the apex court.