Posted on: November 13, 2018 7:29:27 pm
Kerala's chief minister, Pinarayi Vijayan, said that although the Supreme Court did not suspend its decision on September 28, allowing all women to offer prayers at the Sabarimala shrine, their government would make a final statement on the matter after consulting experts cool.
Speaking to reporters here, Vijayan said that the state government would take legal advice on the matter. "According to my understanding, the main court has clearly stated that there is no stay in its verdict of September 28. We will consult legal experts on the subject, "Vijayan said when asked whether the verdict would be implemented during the Mandala pilgrimage season Makaravillakku, as of November 17.
Tantri Kandararu Rajeevaru Tuesday welcomed the Supreme Court's decision to hear the petitions for review and hailed it as a "great victory" as the result was due to the blessings of Lord Ayyappa.
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"The blessings of Lord Ayyappa and the prayers of many devotees are behind this decision to hear the matter in a public hearing," Tantritold reporters recall.
Meanwhile, the main opposition congress and the BJP welcomed the court verdict to hear the petitions for review.
The opposition leader at the Kerala assembly, Ramesh Chennithala, wanted the state government to abandon its "stubbornness" in implementing the September 28 verdict.
"The FDL government controlled by the IPC (M) should act with maturity and not implement the decision during the next two-month pilgrimage season," he told reporters in Sabarimala.
It was only the congressional party, through former Travancore Council chairman Devaswom, Prayar Gopalakrishan, who moved the main court against the Sabarimala verdict, Chennithala said.
"We welcome the decision of the apex court to hear the petition for review in public hearing.
Although there is no stay, the government should act with maturity and not implement the order, allowing the entry of women, "he said.
BJP state President PS Sreedharan Pillai, who undertook a raid yatra from Kasargod in the north of Kerala to Pathanamthitta, where Sabarimala is situated, to "protect" the traditions of Lord Ayyappa's temple, described the decision of the apex as a " good pace. "
"We accept the spirit of today's Supreme Court ruling," he said.
CPI (M) Secretary of State Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said the government would implement any decision the main court would make on the issue of women entering the sanctuary.
"We are awaiting details of the higher court ruling. The chief minister had previously stated that, whatever decision the court made, it would be implemented.
The government will assess the situation and make an appropriate decision, "he said.
The apex court made the decision to allow women into Sabarimala after considering the constitutional aspects, Balakrishnan told reporters here.
He also said that his party would observe November 26 as "Constitutional Protection Day."
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court refused to suspend its verdict allowing women of all age groups to enter the temple of Sabarimala, but agreed to hear in a public hearing on January 22 a batch of petitions for review on the subject matter.
Revision petitions against the September 28 verdict were accepted "in the chamber" by a panel of Supreme Court President Ranjan Gogoi and judges R F Nariman, M Khanwilkar, D Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra.
"All petitions for review, along with all outstanding requests, will be heard in public hearing on January 22, 2019, before the appropriate bank.
We make it clear that there is no continuance of the judgment and order of this Court dated September 28, 2018, approved in Civil Petition No. 373 of 2006 (Association of Young Indian Lawyers and Counsels Against the State of Kerala & Ors). ), "The order said.
In internal procedures, judges examine petitions for review by circulation and lawyers are not present. There are about 50 petitions seeking review of the trial.
On September 28, a five-judge court, headed by then-court chief Dipak Misra, in its 4: 1 verdict, paved the way for women of all ages to enter the Sabarimala Temple, saying that the ban amounted to discrimination of gender.
Meanwhile, a high-level meeting chaired by the Chief Minister reviewed the facilities of Sabarimala, where the two-month pilgrimage season will begin from November 17.
An official press release said that temporary accommodation facilities for devotees in Pamba, Nilackal and elsewhere were in the making. Measures were also taken to provide free meals to the worshipers at resting places on the way to the sanctuary.
Measures have also been taken to provide more facilities in Chengannur, where many devotees, arriving by train, arrive.
The Kerala Water Authority has completed all preparations to provide potable water to pilgrims, the statement said.
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