NEW DELHI : A constitution bench of the Supreme Court is likely to hear on Wednesday a batch of review petitions challenging its ruling allowing entry of women of all ages into Sabarimala temple.

The hearing was to take place on 22 January but was delayed as one of the judges was on leave.

The review will be heard by the same constitution bench that issued the September ruling, with the exception of Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, who replaced former CJI Dipak Misra on the bench after his retirement.

The bench will, accordingly, comprise CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justices R.F Nariman, A.M. Khanwilkar, D.Y. Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra.

A total of 49 review petitions challenging the entry of women into the Sabarimala temple in Kerala are before the top court.

One of the review pleas by the National Ayyappa Devotees Organization sought a review on the grounds that the ruling was unconstitutional, void and in violation of the principles of natural justice. The judgment is vitiated by “errors apparent on the face of record", the petition stated.

It was also claimed that the judgment was in violation of express constitutional provisions guaranteeing Ayyappa devotees’ liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship under Section 25 of the Constitution.

On 28 September, a Supreme Court bench headed by former Chief Justice Dipak Misra had by a 4:1 majority granted women of all ages the right to enter Sabarimala temple, reversing the Kerala shrine’s tradition of barring girls and women of menstruating age.

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