Supreme Court Declines Urgent Hearing On Sabarimala Verdict
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Supreme Court Declines Urgent Hearing On Sabarimala Verdict

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday declined early hearing on petitions seeking review of its September 28 verdict allowing women of all age groups into the Sabarimala temple in Kerala, and said they have been already listed for hearing.

A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices UU Lalit and K M Jospeh was told by a lawyer that the pleas, including the review petitions, be accorded urgent hearing.

"The Sabarimala temple is opening only for 24 hours between November 5 and November 6 and we have fixed the hearing on November 13," the top court said.

When the lawyer persisted with his plea for urgent hearing, the bench said, "All you have to do is to wait for your turn."

The court had said earlier that it would hear on November 13 the petitions seeking review of its September 28 verdict allowing women of all age groups into the Sabarimala temple.

The five-judge constitution bench headed by the then Chief Justice Dipak Misra, in its 4:1 verdict, had paved the way for entry of women of all ages into the temple saying that the ban amounted gender discrimination.

Fresh petitions, which included the one filed by National Ayyappa Devotees Association (NADA) and 19 review petitions, would be listed for hearing at 3 PM on November 13, the bench had said.

The top court's verdict has led to protests and counter-protests at the hill-top shrine in Kerala.

The petition filed by Shylaja ...

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