Published On: Thu, Nov 14th, 2019

Supreme Court refers Sabarimala issue to larger seven-judge bench

New Delhi: The Supreme Court in a 3:2 verdict referred the Sabarimala review pleas to the larger bench. However, there is no stay on the September 28, 2018, judgement, which lifted the ban on the entry of women aged between 10 and 50.

Chief Justice observed that the individual right to practice cannot outweigh the practice of a religious group

According to this verdict, women of all ages can visit the shrine till larger bench decides this issue, which is actually no relief to petitioners who had moved the top court seeking a review of its previous judgement.

The Chief Justice’s majority judgement clubbed the entry of Muslim women in mosques, Parsi women to enter the tower of silence etc. with the issue of entry of women in Sabarimala temple.

While Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Justices Indu Malhotra and AM Khanwilkar were in favour of referring the matter to a larger bench, Justices RF Nariman and DY Chandrachud dissented.

Chief Justice observed that the individual right to practice cannot outweigh the practice of a religious group.

However, there is no stay on the September 28, 2018 judgement which lifted the ban on the entry of women aged between 10 and 50 in the temple.

According to this order, women of all ages can visit the shrine till a larger bench decides this issue.

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