New Delhi: Hours after the Supreme Court reserved its judgment on the petitions seeking review of the verdict allowing the entry of women of all ages into Kerala’s Sabarimala Temple, Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) President A Padmakumar said it is bound to implement any order given by the apex court even if it is contradictory to the earlier verdict.
Stating that it is upon the court to come to a conclusion after listening to the opinion of various parties, Padmakumar said, “If there is a fresh order, contradictory to the existing one, we are bound to implement that as well.”
He further said, “Based on September 28, 2018, verdict we have decided not to file a review petition. Devaswom Board accepts the SC verdict, we are of the opinion that there shouldn’t be any discrimination.”
The Court had asked for Devaswom Board’s opinion based on the verdict.
A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi reserved its verdict in 65 petitions, which included 56 review petitions and four fresh writ petitions. During today’s hearing, the TDB, which runs the Sabarimala temple, took a U-turn by supporting the Supreme Court’s verdict which had allowed women of all age groups to enter the shrine.
The Board, which also comprise the state government nominees, told a five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that it is high time that a particular class not be discriminated on the ground of “biological attributes”.
In the forenoon, the Kerala government took the stand that it was in agreement with the September 28 last year verdict and had urged dismissal of petitions seeking review of the verdict. The apex court is hearing a batch of petitions seeking review of the verdict allowing the entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala shrine.
The apex court’s verdict had sparked violent protests by Lord Ayyappa devotees on grounds that women of reproductive age should not be allowed into the temple dedicated to the celibate god.