Sabarimala: Legally there is no stay but practically there is, says A. K. Balan
Palakkad: Law minister A. K. Balan said that though legally there is no stay on the Supreme Court order regarding women entry in Sabarimala, practically speaking there is.
“As the matter was transferred to the seven-member bench, there is uncertainty regarding the implementation of SC’s earlier verdict which allowed women entry in Sabarimala,” the minister said.
Speaking to media here, Balan said that the present situation seems like the petition is being reconsidered. “The government can only move forward according to the court verdict. It will not go back from upholding renaissance values,” he added.
Earlier, the government had taken a stance not to implement the SC verdict allowing women entry. This was based on legal advice not to implement the earlier SC order as there was confusion among the judges themselves regarding the new order.
Meanwhile, the police sent back from Pampa 10 young women who had come for darshan on Saturday. The police took action after checking the age and other details of the women.
Balan also spoke regarding the Walayar case. He said that the government has received reports regarding the lapses from the investigation team and prosecution. There will be follow up action which will ensure that such pathetic investigation and prosecution does not take place in the future, he added.