The Supreme Court has agreed to hear in open court review petitions challenging its verdict allowing entry of women of all ages into Sabarimala temple. The bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice RF Nariman, Justice AM Khanwilkar, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Indu Malhotra will hear the 49 petitions on January 22. The court has however not ordered any stay on its earlier verdict allowing women entry into the hill shrine.
There are around 48 petitions seeking review of the judgment. Earlier in the day, the top court had made it clear that fresh pleas related to the Sabarimala Temple will be heard only after it decides the earlier petitions seeking review of the judgment allowing entry of women of all age groups into the shrine in Kerala.
The Kerala chief minister is holding a meeting to review preparations for Sabarimala temple. The SC order to hear review pleas will also be discussed. The meeting is being attended by Devaswom minister Kadakampally Surendran.
The Supreme Court in its order has said, “All the Review Petitions along with all pending applications will be heard in Open Court on 22nd January, 2019 before the appropriate Bench. We make it clear that there is no stay of the judgment and order of this Court dated 28th September, 2018.”