Supreme Court refuses urgent hearing seeking stay on Sabarimala verdict

New Delhi | The Supreme Court on Wednesday declined a plea for an urgent hearing filed by a laywer demanding stay on the top courts September 28 verdict on Sabarimala.

Chief Justice Rajan Gogoi refusing the urgent hearing said, “We’ll hear the matter only on January 22.” The matter was mentioned by lawyer Mathews J Nedumpara, who has filed the review on behalf of the National Ayyappa Devotees(Women’s) Association.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a 49 review petition against its earlier Sabarimala judgement in an open court on January 22. The apex court bench including Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice RF Nariman, Justice AM Khanwilkar, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Indu Malhotra decided to hear the review petitions against its earlier Sabarimala Judgement in open Court on January 22.

On September 28, the constitution bench of the Supreme Court headed by the then CJI Dipak Misra struck down the restriction on entry of women of the particular age group in Sabarimala. In its 4:1 verdict, Supreme Court upheld the constitutional equality and allowed entry to women of all age group in the Ayyappa temple.

The verdict has since created a storm in the coastal state with thousands of devotees, especially women hitting the street against the ruling. When the Sabarimala temple’s gates were opened for monthly three-day prayers, two women namely Rehana Fathima and Kavita Thakkal tried to enter the temple, however, the protesters stopped them mid-way and they had to return.

Now, the temple doors will be opened again on November 16 in the month of Vrishchika. The review petitions were filed by Shylyja Vijayan, President of national Ayyappa Devotees Association and Nair Service Society.


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