Won’t consider Sabarimala petitions before Jan 22: SC

New Delhi: The supreme court has repeated that the review petitions against the verdict allowing entry for all women into Sabarimala temple would not be considered before January 22. The apex court has also rejected the plea to stay the verdict as the temple has opened for Mandalam pilgrimage season. Chief justice has repeatedly said that the decision on Sabarimala issue can be considered only by the 5-judge constitution bench.

The court informed the decision when advocate Mathew Nedumpara raised the matter in the Supreme Court representing National Ayyappa Devotees Association. He asked the court to consider the petitions taking into account the emergency situation in Sabarimala and also to sanction more time to implement the verdict declared on September 28. Mathew backed his argument pointing out the poor amenities arranged for pilgrims at Sabarimala.

However, the chief justice Ranjan Gogoi stood firm on his decision saying that ‘the court is not planning to consider the case before date and if there is anything to report to the court, that could be made on January 22.’

The supreme court's stance has been stated at a time when the Devaswom Board is planning to file a plea seeking more time in implementing the verdict.

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