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Supreme Court Declines Urgent Hearing on Plea Seeking Review of Sabarimala Temple Verdict

One of the petitioners said the verdict can't be a match for the voice of the people. The Nair Service Society, a body of Kerala's influential Nair community, also approached the court, challenging its verdict.

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Updated:October 9, 2018, 11:47 AM IST
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New Delhi: Despite protests gaining momentum and two petitions challenging the order allowing women of all ages to worship at Kerala's Sabarimala temple, the Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled out an urgent hearing in the matter.

The apex court said there will be no out of turn hearing of bunch of review petitions against Sabrimala judgment.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph had considered the submission of Shylaja Vijayan, president, National Ayyappa Devotees Association through Mathews J Nedumpara, which contended that the five-judge Constitution bench verdict lifting the ban was "absolutely untenable and irrational”.

The CJI said that the review may not come before Dussehra vacation as the court will reopen on October 22 after Dussehra break.

One of the petitioners said the verdict can't be a match for the voice of the people. The Nair Service Society, a body of Kerala's influential Nair community, also approached the court, challenging its verdict.

The hill shrine will be opened for the monthly poojas on October 16 for the first time after the SC verdict. Kerala Police are gearing up to post more of its women personnel at the temple in anticipation of the influx of women devotees in the light of the verdict.

A devotee group has warned that hundreds of its members will lie down at the entrance of the temple to stop women of menstruating age from entering when it re-opens.

After the Kerala government made it clear that it won't make an appeal against the apex court order, protests over the entry of women in Sabarimala have gathered pace in the state.

The row has also taken a political turn with both the Congress and BJP launching agitations against the verdict as well as the Vijayan government’s decision to implement it without seeking a review.

| Edited by: Ashutosh Tripathi
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