SC to hear pleas on discrimination against women at religious places after 3 weeks


File Photo Supreme Court

File Photo Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Monday suggested meeting between the opposing parties in the Sabarimala temple issue and granted three-week time to file their suggestions on reframing or adding issues.

The apex court began hearing the pleas relating to discrimination against women at religious places including Kerala’s Sabarimala Temple. The nine-judge bench said that it will only hear the questions referred in the review order passed by the court on November 14 in the Sabarimala temple issue.

“We are not hearing review pleas of Sabarimala case. We are considering issues referred to by a 5-judge bench earlier,” the bench said.

An apex court bench, headed by then Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, had on November 14 asked a larger bench to re-examine various religious issues, including the entry of women into the Sabarimala Temple and mosques and the practice of female genital mutilation in the Dawoodi Bohra community.

A total of 60 petitions will be heard by a nine-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde. The other judges on the bench are Justices R Banumathi, Ashok Bhushan, L Nageswara Rao, B R Gavai, S A Nazeer, M M Shantanagoudar, R Subhash Reddy, and Surya Kant. The new bench has no judge from the previous bench.

The top court on January 6 had notified that the petition by Indian Young Lawyers Association, seeking review of its 2018 Sabarimala judgment, had been listed.

“Take notice that the following matters will be listed for hearing before a Nine Judges Constitution Bench commencing from Monday the 13th January, 2020”, the notice said.