Thiruvananthapuram: A three-member monitoring committee appointed by Kerala High Court on Tuesday visited Sabarimala and came down heavily on the media. The committee has expressed satisfaction over the facilities for devotees. Committee member ADGP Hema Chandran told ANI, “There is a widespread misconception due to propaganda-driven news. I urge the media to refrain from propaganda-driven news and report facts.” (Also read: Kerala Assembly Adjourned For Fourth Day Over Sabarimala Issue) Also Read - Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa Temple Reopens, Devotees to be Allowed From Today
The committee was appointed to ensure smooth pilgrimage to the shrine temple. The panel visited Nilakkal and Pampa base camps on Monday. The committee also includes Justice PR Raman and Justice S Sirijagan and is to assess and submit suggestions to ensure the needs of the devotees. and Also Read - Sabarimala Temple Prepares To Reopen For Annual Mandalam-Makaravilakku Season, Kerala Govt Urges to Follow COVID-19 Protocols
Earlier, Justice Raman had shared with media what the committee hoped to achieve during its Sabarimala trip. “During our visit to Pampa, Nilakkal and Sannidhanam, we will assess the existing facilities. If any addition of facilities is required we will suggest that too. Our top priority will be basic needs, like toilets and water facility. These things should be available for all. Food must be served properly. These are the things that will be assessed.” Also Read - Sabarimala Festival: Only 1000 Pilgrims Will be Allowed For ‘Darshan’ at Ayyappa Temple
Meanwhile, the Kerala government has moved the Supreme Court seeking transfer of pending pleas relating to the Sabarimala Temple from the high court to the apex court, alleging that members of “right wing outfits” are obstructing the implementation of its verdict allowing all women inside the shrine.
On September 28, a five-judge Constitution bench, headed by then Chief Justice Dipak Misra, in a 4:1 verdict had paved the way for the entry of women of all ages into the temple, saying the ban amounted to gender discrimination.
The fresh plea has sought transfer of pending petitions and applications to the Supreme Court which is scheduled to hear on January 22 in open court the petitions seeking a review of its judgement.