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Sabarimala review verdict updates: Larger Bench of Supreme Court to take final call

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New Delhi, Nov 14: The Supreme Court on Thursday said restrictions on women in religious places was not limited to Sabarimala alone and was prevalent in other religions as well as it referred all review pleas to a larger seven-judge bench.

Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, reading the verdict on behalf of himself and Justices A M Khanwilkar and Indu Malhotra, said the larger bench will decide all such religious issues relating to Sabarimala, entry of women in mosques and practice of female genital mutilation in the Dawoodi Bohra community.

Sabarimala review verdict updates: Larger Bench of Supreme Court to take final call

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1:23 PM, 14 Nov
Former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the new decision will help in protecting the faith of devotees. He also hoped the pilgrimage season will be peaceful.
1:23 PM, 14 Nov
KK Shylaja,Kerala's Health Minister, says that legal experts will clarify what the government should do further. "The temple will be opened on 16th and devotees will go. The question is whether the women should enter or not? That will be explained by legal experts and the government accordingly."
12:00 PM, 14 Nov
Trupti Desai, remains hopeful that the September 2018 order will not be overturned by the larger bench.
11:59 AM, 14 Nov
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor tweets saying, "I welcome the SC's decision to refer the vexed #Sabarimala issue to a larger bench. The issues involved have implications for the practice of all faiths."
11:59 AM, 14 Nov
BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav wrote
11:56 AM, 14 Nov
Taking to Twitter, Santhosh, BJP's general secretary (organisation), tweeted, "Sabarimala issue referred to larger bench. Welcome decision of SC in the direction of protecting rights of devotees and upholding faith. It was never a matter of fundamental rights. It was a matter of age old tradition accepted by society."
10:58 AM, 14 Nov
An interpretation of today’s verdict would mean that the earlier order of allowing women of all age groups into the Sabarimala Temple would remain in force. The majority which referred the matter to the larger bench was silent on whether the earlier judgment would be stayed or not.
10:56 AM, 14 Nov
There is still not clarity on whether the original verdict would be stayed. The original verdict had allowed the entry of women of all age groups inside the Sabarimala Temple. Only a subsequent order would clarify this position. The temple opens on November 16.
10:54 AM, 14 Nov
In the dissenting note, Justices Nariman and Chandrachud say that the Muslim and Parsi women are not even before this court in the present batch of petitions.
10:53 AM, 14 Nov
It is a 3:2 verdict. Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justices A M Khanwilkar and Indu Malhotra refer Sabarimala matter to larger Bench. Justices R F Nariman and D Y Chandrachud record their dissent.
10:50 AM, 14 Nov
When the judgment is declared, it is final and binds all. Organised efforts to subvert the judgment should be put down determinedly as this is the judgment of the Supreme Court, Justice Nariman in his dissenting verdict said.
10:49 AM, 14 Nov
The majority on the Bench were of the view that this issue needs to go up before a larger Bench. The Bench clubbed the entry of women into Mosques, Parsi women to the tower of silence with the Sabarimala issue.
10:49 AM, 14 Nov
Justice R F however dissented and sad that these are issues for the future Constitution Benches.He said that the original judgment in the Sabarimala case was based on a bona fide PIL, which raised issues of women discriminated against for their entire period of puberty due to a physiological feature.
10:44 AM, 14 Nov
The SC notes that in matters of religious belief, courts must tread carefully.
10:42 AM, 14 Nov
Sabarimala review petition sent to a larger Bench. Only Justice Nariman dissents.
10:40 AM, 14 Nov
Entry of Muslim women inside a Mosque, the Parsi woman case and Dawood Bora case are all similar to the Sabarimala case, says CJI.
10:36 AM, 14 Nov
CJI begins reading out the verdict. I will take five minutes he says.
10:35 AM, 14 Nov
The judges have assembled at the court hall. The verdict will be out in a few minutes from now.
10:29 AM, 14 Nov
Sabarimala activist Rahul Easwar says that if the verdict goes against them, then they would have a Jallikattu model protest. It would be a peace protest, he told News18.
10:16 AM, 14 Nov
The verdict will be delivered at 10.30 am.
10:16 AM, 14 Nov
Today’s verdict will be delivered by a five judge Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. The other members on this Bench are R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra.
9:03 AM, 14 Nov
The Sabarimala Verdict would be one of the last major verdicts to be be delivered by Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi. Following this verdict he would be delivering the judgment in the Rafale case. He is due to retire on November 17.
9:02 AM, 14 Nov
It was in September last year that the court lifted the ban on the entry of women into the Sabarimala Temple in the age group of 10 and 50.
9:02 AM, 14 Nov
In a 4:1 verdict, Justice Indu Malhotra had penned a dissenting opinion. Justice R Nariman and D Chandrachud had concurred with the findings of the CJI and Justice Khanwilkar.
9:02 AM, 14 Nov
Under challenge was the practice at the temple that bars women of the age group of 10 to 50 years.
9:02 AM, 14 Nov
A plea filed by the National Ayyappa Devotees Association (NADA), which has sought review of the verdict, had said: "The notion that the judgment under review is revolutionary, one which removes the stigma or the concept of dirt or pollution associated with menstruation, is unfounded.
7:55 AM, 14 Nov
The verdict will be delivered at 10.30 am. Following this another Bench also led by the CJI will deliver the verdict in the Rafale review case.
7:55 AM, 14 Nov
Security has been enhanced in many parts of Kerala ahead of the verdict. The SC is reviewing its own verdict which had permitted entry of women of all age groups into the Sabarimala temple.
7:54 AM, 14 Nov
Justice Dipak Misra: Devotion cannot be subjected to gender discrimination. The court also said that a patriachal notion cannot be allowed to trump equality in devotion.
7:54 AM, 14 Nov
Justice R Nariman: Ayyappa devotees do not form a denomination, but they are only a part of Hindu worship. Women of all ages are equal worshipers of Lord Ayyappa and hence gender cannot be a ground to prevent the entry of some into the temple on the ground that they were of a menstruating age.
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