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The Supreme Court is hearing a total of 65 petitions, including 56 review petitions and 4 writ petitions filed challenging its judgment of September 28, 2018, by which it allowed the entry of women, irrespective of their age, into the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala.
These petitions are being heard by a Bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Rohinton Nariman, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra.
A Constitution Bench of then Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Rohinton Nariman, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud, and Indu Malhotra had, by a 4:1 majority, struck down Rule 3(b) of the Kerala Hindu Places of Public Worship (Authorisation of Entry) Rules, 1965 which was the basis for barring entry of women between the ages of 10 and 50 years into the temple.
This judgment has had significant ramifications in the State of Kerala, with the BJP, right wing organisations, as well as the Congress Party opposing the verdict. Attempts to prevent women from entering the shrine have also led to violence in and around the temple.
Live Updates of today’s hearing follow:
Arguments of Senior Advocate K Parasaran
Arguments of Senior Advocate V Giri
Arguments of Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi
Arguments of Senior Advocate Shekhar Naphade
Arguments of Senior Advocate R Venkataramani
Counsel for the petitioners
Arguments of Senior Advocate Jaideep Gupta
Arguments of Senior Advocate Rakesh Dwivedi
Arguments of Senior Advocate Indira Jaising
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