SC de­clines early hear­ing of Ker­ala plea on Sabarimala

Gulf Times - - INDIA -

The Supreme Court yes­ter­day de­clined to hold an early hear­ing of the Ker­ala gov­ern­ment’s plea seek­ing trans­fer of a batch of cross-pe­ti­tions on the Sabarimala tem­ple row from the High Court to the top court.

A num­ber of pe­ti­tions have been filed both by the devo­tees and rights ac­tivists on the han­dling of the sit­u­a­tion on the ground af­ter the top court ver­dict of Septem­ber 28 per­mit­ting the en­try of women of all ages to the Sabarimala tem­ple.

“Let it come in due course,” said a bench headed by Chief Jus­tice Ran­jan Go­goi as the Ker­ala gov­ern­ment’s coun­sel sought an early hear­ing of the state’s plea to trans­fer cases be­fore the High Court to the top court.

The apex court had on Novem­ber 13 de­cided to go for open court hear­ings on Jan­uary 22 of the nearly 50 pe­ti­tions seek­ing a re­call of its order per­mit­ting women of all age groups to pray at the tem­ple in Ker­ala.

The prayers in the fresh pe­ti­tions ef­fec­tively boils down to up­hold­ing the prac­tice of the Sabarimala tem­ple pro­hibit­ing the en­try of girls and women be­tween the age group of 10 and 50 years in the shrine.

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