The Supreme Court is scheduled to pronounce on Thursday, 14 November, its verdict on a batch of petitions seeking re-examination of its decision to allow women of all ages to enter Kerala’s Sabarimala Temple.
The Supreme Court is also scheduled to decide on petitions seeking a review of its judgment giving a clean chit to the Modi government in the Rafale fighter jet deal with French firm Dassault Aviation.
The Sabarimala verdict will be delivered by a five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justices Rohinton Fali Nariman, A. M. Khanwilkar, D. Y. Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra at 10:30 am.
A three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice Gogoi and comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and K. M. Joseph will pronounce the Rafale verdict pursuant to Sabrimala's judgment.
The Supreme Court will deliver its judgment on 65 petitions – including 56 review petitions, four fresh writ petitions and five transfer pleas – which were filed after its Sabarimala judgment sparked violent protests in Kerala.
A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justices R.F. Nariman, A.M. Khanwilkar, D.Y. Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra had reserved its decision on 6 February after hearing various parties including those seeking re-consideration of the 28 September 2018 judgment.
The Supreme Court by a majority verdict of 4:1 in September, 2018 had lifted the ban that prevented women and girls between the age of 10 and 50 from entering the famous Ayyappa shrine in Kerala and had held that this centuries-old Hindu religious practice was illegal and unconstitutional.
The five-judge constitution bench had heard the pleas in an open court and reserved its decision after hearing the parties, including Nair Service Society, Thantry of the temple, The Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) and the state government, in favour of and against the judgment.
Rafale Judgment Review
On 10 May, the Supreme Court had reserved the decision on the pleas, including one filed by former Union ministers Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie and activist lawyer Prashant Bhushan, seeking a re-examination of its findings that there was no occasion to doubt the decision-making process in the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets.
A three-judge Bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S.K. Kaul and K.M. Joseph is likely to pronounce verdicts on three review petitions filed by the trio, lawyer Vineet Dhandha and Aam Aadmi Party lawmaker Sanjay Singh.
On 14 December 2018, the Supreme Court dismissed the petitions seeking an investigation into alleged irregularities in the Rs 58,000 crore deal.
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