Chief Justice Of India on Tuesday announced that the Supreme Court will hear the review petitions filed against the Sabarimala verdict on November 13.The petitions will be heard in open court, said the CJI.
Yesterday, when Advocate Mathew Nedumpara made an oral plea for listing of Sabarimala petitions, the CJI said that the date of hearing will be announced today. "We know there are 19 review petitions pending. By tomorrow we will decide when to list the matters", the CJI said on Monday
The review petitions rely heavily on the dissenting judgment of Justice Indu Malhotra to contend that constitutional parameters of rationality cannot be blindly applied to matters of faith. The review petitions also state that the Court erred in entertaining the PIL without examining the locus standi of the petitioner. It is contended that no woman devotee of Lord Ayyappa would want to visit Sabarimala temple, and hence the Court erred in adjudicating the issue on a petition filed by a party who is totally alien to the temple customs.
Further, it is pointed out that Court wrongly concluded that the basis of prohibition was physiological nature of women. According to the review petitioners,the practise was rooted in the “naishtika brahmachari” character of deity, as per which the deity cannot be in the presence of women. The practise is therefore not derogatory to the dignity of women, states the petition.A five-judge constitution bench by a ratio of 4:1 had held that women of all age groups should be allowed entry in Kerala's Sabarimala Temple.