SABARIMALA CASE: SC Refers To Larger 7-Judge Bench

By SM.14 Nov, 2019




NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today referred to a larger bench the petitions seeking review of the apex court’s 2018 judgment allowing entry of women between the ages of 10 and 50 into the Sabarimala temple.

Reading out the judgment, the bench said petitions had “sought to revive the debate about what"s the religion and essential religious practices”. “Individual right to pray at temple cannot be superior to what is considered as religious by another sect is what petitions have argued,” the court said.

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said the question of whether women of all ages should be allowed into Sabarimala was part of a larger debate that also includes issues like allowing Muslim and Parsi women to enter religious practice.

"Fresh opportunities to be given to all parties," the Chief Justice said.

More than 60 petitions were filed after the Supreme Court verdict in September last year sparked violent protests in Kerala.

A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had reserved its decision on February 6 after hearing various parties including those seeking re-consideration of the verdict.