New Delhi, Aug 1: The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its verdict on a batch of pleas that challenged the ban on entry of women in the age group of 10-50 into the Sabarimala temple in Kerala. A five-judge Constitution bench comprising of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra had asked both sides of the counsels to compile the pleas and submit them within a week. Also Read - COVID-19 Lockdown: Supreme Court to Hear Plea on Migrant Workers on Monday
The bench said in a statement, “We will pass orders. Judgment reserved. Hearing concluded. Advocate on Record of both the sides will collect written submissions and compile it and submit before the court in seven days.” Also Read - COVID-19 Lockdown: Migrant Workers Take to Streets in Kerala, Police Urge Them to 'go Back'
On Tuesday, the apex court had said that the constitutional scheme prohibiting exclusion has “some value” in a “vibrant democracy”. The court was hearing a batch of pleas filed by petitioners including the Indian Young Lawyers Association. Also Read - Kerala Reports First Coronavirus Death. A Reason to Worry? | 5 Points
The Kerala government, which has been changing its stand on the contentious issue of women of a particular age group entering the Sabarimala temple, had on July 18 told the Supreme Court that it now favours their entry.
The apex court had on October 13 last year referred the issue to a Constitution bench after framing five “significant” questions including whether the practice of banning entry of women into the temple amounted to discrimination and violated their fundamental rights under the Constitution.
(With PTI inputs)