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The Supreme Court has today agreed to hear the forty-nine review petitions assailing the Sabarimala judgment of September 28, which held that women, irrespective of their age, have the right to enter the Temple in Kerala.
The Court has agreed to hear the review petitions in open court on January 22.
However, there is no stay on the judgment of the September 28 of the Supreme Court. In its order, the Bench said,
“we make it clear that there is no stay of judgment dated September 28.”
These review petitions were listed for an in-chamber hearing at 3 PM today before the Bench of CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Rohinton Nariman, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra.
Forty-nine review petitions were filed in total.
Earlier today, the Supreme Court had deferred the hearing of the fresh petitions pertaining to the entry of women into Sabarimala temple.
The Bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph had heard four petitioners – G Vijayakumar, S Jaya Raj Kumar, Shylaja Vijayan, and Akhil Bharatiya Malayalee Sangh, before deferring the hearing of the same.
The Bench had said that the writ petitions will be heard subject to the decision of the review petitions filed against the Sabarimala verdict.
These writ petitions are also likely to be listed along with the review petitions. As of now, there is no stay on the September 28 judgment of the Court.
A Constitution Bench of 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.
The Court had held that Rule 3(b) of 1965 Rules is a clear violation of right of Hindu women to practice religion under Article 25 of the Constitution. Further, it had ruled that the bar on entry of women between age of 10 and 50 years is not an essential part of the religion.
This judgment 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 also led to violence in and around the temple.
Read the order: