Coronavirus: Sabarimala case in Supreme Court may be delayed
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country, important cases such as Sabarimala, CAA and Kashmir cases will be delayed in the Supreme Court.
The hearing of Sabarimala case was supposed to take place from Monday after Holi. It was after this that the hearing of CAA and Kashmir special status issue was supposed to take place. However, the apex court will only take up those cases from Monday which are of extreme importance until further notice.
Sabarimala case has been in the Supreme court from 2006, although an important verdict came only out in 2018. The court gave out its verdict in response to the review petition filed against women entry to the shrine last November. The nine- judge bench formed for this case was able to sit for the hearing only once. This was because some of the judges in the bench were down with fever. Later, the hearing was scheduled to take place after Holi.
Apart from Sabarimala case, there are so many high profile cases before the Supreme Court. Entry of women into mosques, temple entry of Parsi women who married someone outside their religion, female circumcision among Dawoodi Bohra community.
The hearing will take place for 12 days in the Sabarimala case. After this, petitions on CAA will be considered. More than 140 petitions were submitted before the Supreme court in connection with CAA. The petitioners had requested the court to hear the case for some time between the hearing of Sabarimala case.
The hearing of case pertaining to revocation of Article 370 in Jammu Kashmir has not started yet. It will be considered only after Sabarimala case and CAA.