New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused an early hearing to review petitions on the Sabarimala Temple issue. CJI Ranjan Gogoi said the temple will open for 24 hours on November 5-6 and that court had already fixed the matter for hearing after November 11, reported ANI. (Also read: Kerala HC Refuses Police Protection to Women Devotees)
This plea had been filed by the Akhil Bharatiya Malayali Sangh. Along with the plea by the National Ayyappa Devotee Association, there are around 19 pleas in the Supreme Court in connection with the Sabarimala issue. On September 28, the Supreme Court had thrown open the doors of the ancient temple. It said keeping out women in the age group of 10-50 years was wrong and went against their basic rights. The Court verdict had come 4:1 in favour of women.
On Tuesday, BJP workers sat on a dawn-to-dusk hunger strike in front of Kerala DGP’s office in Thiruvananthapuram, intensifying its agitation against the CPI(M)-led LDF government’s crackdown on Sabarimala protesters. BJP cadres also took out marches to offices of the Superintendent of Police in all district headquarters to condemn the government for arresting the agitators.
Since October 26, the Kerala police had arrested over 3,300 protesters who prevented entry to women in the Sabarimala temple and have indulged in violence following the Supreme Court orders. At least 517 cases were registered at various police stations across Kerala, the authorities said on Sunday. Rahul Easwar was arrested after the police received a complaint that he had made provocative remarks over the Sabarimala row at a press conference in Kochi. He was booked and charged under IPC Section 153 (Wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot).
Meanwhile, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan pulled up BJP chief Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah for saying that the Supreme Court should not pass verdicts that conflict with the religious faith of the people and can’t be implemented on the ground.
Addressing a public meeting in Palakkad, Pinarayi Vijayan went hammer and tongs at Shah and the RSS and warned the Hindu group not to try any tricks after hearing Shah. Vijayan added that despite trying all the tricks, Amit Shah had not been able to get a foothold in Kerala.