New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday said that the five-judge bench which heard the Sabarimala review petitions can refer legal questions to the larger bench while exercising limited power under review jurisdiction.
A nine-judge bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde passed the verdict on more than 50 review petitions challenging the top court’s earlier judgement on the Sabarimala issue. Besides the CJI, the other eight judges in the bench are — Justices R. Banumathi, Ashok Bhushan, L. Nageswara Rao, Mohan M. Shantanagoudar, S. Abdul Nazeer, Subhash Reddy, B.R. Gavai and Surya Kant.
The bench also framed seven questions to be heard by a nine-judge Constitutional bench on issues relating to freedom of religion under the Constitution and faith. The hearing before the nine-judge bench will begin on February 17.
The seven questions framed by the apex court include those on scope and ambit of religious freedom, and interplay between religious freedom and freedom of beliefs of religious denominations. The bench said it’s nine-judge bench will deal with the right to freedom of religion under Article 25 of the Constitution and it”s interplay with the right of various religious denominations.
The bench said it’s nine-judge bench will deal with the right to freedom of religion under Article 25 of the Constitution and it”s interplay with the right of various religious denominations. It will also deal with the extent of judicial review with regard to religious practices and the meaning of “sections of Hindus” occurring in article 25 (2)(b) of the Constitution.
The Supreme Court will also deal with the power of a person, who does not belong to a particular religion or sect of a religion, to question the religious beliefs of that religion by filling a PIL.
(With inputs from agencies)