New Delhi: Chief Justice of India SA Bobde on Tuesday fixed a 10-day period to complete hearing in pleas seeking women's entry into Sabarimala temple, mosques and Parsi Agiyari. A three-judge bench, headed by Bobde and comprising Justices BR Gavai and Surya Kant, were hearing the Sabarimala review reference, pertaining to discrimination against women at places of worship, as mentioned by the solicitor general.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the court that, as per the directions of the court the advocates involved in the matter worked together on the issue but a unanimous consensus could not be reached with respect to framing of issues, division of issues among the lawyers and time to be allotted to these issues.
Mehta requested the bench to consider reframing the issues.
On 13 January, Bobde had said that the bench will not decide anything on the Sabarimala review petition that seeks to overturn the court’s order upholding the rights of women of menstruating age to offer prayers at the Sabarimala temple in Kerala. Instead, the court will deliberate on the larger issues pertaining to the matter. “We are not hearing the review petition—only sticking to the larger issues," said Bobde.
On 14 November, a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court had asked a larger bench to examine various religious issues, including women’s entry to Sabarimala, mosques and other places of worship, and the practice of female genital mutilation in the Dawoodi Bohra community. The same bench had given a 3:2 split verdict on petitions seeking a review of the apex court’s September 2018 order, which allowed women of all ages to enter the Sabarimala shrine.