Review petition filed against Sabarimala verdict in Supreme Court

A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court on Monday seeking review of the Constitution bench judgment which allowed the entry of women inside the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala.

The plea, filed by Shylaja Vijayan, president of National Ayyappa Devotees Association, said the apex court judgement which had allowed entry of women of all ages in the shrine is “absolutely untenable and irrational, if not perverse”.

Shylaja further added that Supreme court verdict affects the fundamental rights of millions of devotees of Ayyappa.

However, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday said the state government will follow the Supreme Court verdict. “Filing a review petition is against the stand. It is the responsibility of the government to implement the verdict of the Supreme Court. It is not the policy of the government to fight with believers. Their interest will be protected and the government is ready for discussion,” Vijayan said at the press conference.

Meanwhile, the representatives of the Sabarimala temple’s chief priest are skipping an important meeting called by CM Vijayan on Monday to discuss the September 28 verdict as protests against the verdict continued in several parts of Kerala.

A five-judge constitution bench headed by then Chief Justice Dipak Misra had said that banning the entry of women into the shrine is gender discrimination and that the practice violated rights of Hindu women.