Sabarimala: Sc Bench, CJI Ranjan Gogoi to hear 48 review petitions today

A five-judge Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi will on Tuesday hear 48 review petitions on the Sabarimala row, a case that spiraled after former chief justice Dipak Misra amended age-old rules of the Kerala temple.

The hearing called ‘In Chamber’ essentially means no advocate can appear and argue for or against the review petitions. The judges will discuss among themselves and decide on the impending issues pertaining to the petitions.

They may also decide whether the matter needs an open court hearing and will subsequently fix a date for it.

The Sabarimala temple and surrounding areas witnessed a string of protests recently over the Supreme Court’s decision to quash restrictions on the entry of females of menstruating age, between 10 and 50 years, into the shrine.

Meanwhile, the Kerala government on Monday submitted an affidavit in the High Court on the Sabarimala temple issue stating that it never interfered in religious matters and rituals in connection with Sabarimala Temple.

The government also that some political parties with their own agenda staged protest condemning the judgment of the Supreme Court, obstructed women devotees going to the Sabarimala temple.

“The Chief Minister has not issued any direction to temple authorities. He has only directed the police to take care of security in the light of large-scale protest and violence practiced by some persons. No genuine devotee will be prevented from entering the temple but those coming with the intention of creating trouble will be held by the police,” it added.