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SC agrees to hear Sabarimala review petitions on January 22

SC agrees to hear Sabarimala review petitions on January 22

The bench stated this while hearing the three fresh petitions filed by G Vijaya Kumar, S Jaya Rajkumar and Shailaja Vijayan challenging its September 28 verdict.

49 review petitions were filed at the apex court to review its decision.

The government further argued that it was a historically accepted fact that Sabarimala is a secular temple, where entry of devotees is not restricted on the ground of any caste or religion. An essential part of the pilgrimage, "Petta Thullal", starts from the Vavar mosque, it said.

Several applicants had asked for an open court hearing of the petitions, which the court appears to have accepted. "The government is left with no other option but to implement the Supreme Court order".

Of the five judges, Justice Gogoi is the only judge who did not hear and decide the main case.

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"I am happy and don't think women will now be able to enter", Kandararu Rajeevaru told AFP from Kerala. "I think Kerala is united on this issue and therefore, I am happy that the Supreme Court has chose to review the entire issue", he said. He added that in democracy, people are paramount and of prime importance. We have not taken a final decision yet.

A batch of 48 petitions seeking review of the judgement will be heard in-chamber by a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra.

In the in-chamber proceedings, the judges examine the review petitions by circulation and lawyers are not present.

"We have perused the review petitions and are convinced that the order of which review has been sought does not suffer from any error apparent warranting its reconsideration."
However, the court made it clear that there will be no stay on its verdict which allowed entry of women of all age groups in the temple.

The temple and nearby areas had witnessed massive protests from devotees against the entry of young women into the shrine, when it was opened for monthly pujas on November 5 and 6 and for five days from October 17. The Kerala Water Authority has completed all arrangements to provide safe drinking water to the pilgrims, the release said. Steps had also been taken to provide more facilities at Chengannur, where a lot of devotees, who reach by train, arrive, it said.