NEW DELHI: The National Ayyappa Devotees’ Association (NADA) filed an application in the Supreme Court on Friday seeking video recording and live telecast of court proceedings in the Sabarimala Temple row hearings.
The constitution bench is scheduled to hear the review petitions on January 22, which challenges its verdict allowing entry of women of all ages into the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala.
Kerala has been on the boil since January 2, following the visit of two women of menstrual age- Bindu and Kanakadurga. Following this, thanthri Kandaru Rajeevaru, closed the sanctum sanctorum to perform the 'purification' ceremony.
They entered the Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala under police protection. As a reaction, protesters blocked highways and forced closure of shops and markets located various parts of the region.
Chief Minister Pinayari Vijayan made his government’s stand clear by stating that the state government had a constitutional duty to implement the September 28 Supreme Court order allowing women of all ages into the temple shrine to offer prayers.
Hitting out at the BJP-RSS for the alleged violence created in the state over the temple issue, CM Pinarayi Vijayan said his government would not be cowed down by threats and intimidation.
The state had witnessed huge protests by Lord Ayyappa devotees opposing the entry of girls and women in 10-50 age group into the Sabarimala temple when the state government decided to implement the September 28 Supreme Court order.
On September 28, the five-judge bench headed by former Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra lifted the entry ban on women in the temple, saying the centuries-old custom at the shrine was not an essential religious practice and “the attribute of devotion to divinity cannot be subjected to the rigidity and stereotypes of gender”.
On November 13, 2018, the Supreme Court had said, the writ and review petitions seeking review of the judgement, allowing entry of women of all age groups into the shrine in Kerala will be heard in an open court on January 22, 2019.
The bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Rohinton Fali Nariman, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra admitted all 49 review petitions seeking revisit of its September 28 order to allow women of all age groups inside the Sabarimala temple.
"All the review petition along with all pending application will be heard in open court on 22nd January 2019 before the appropriate Bench. We make it clear that there is no stay of the judgement and order of this court dated 28th September 2018", the court had said in a statement.
The temple opened for annual pilgrimage season on November 16. Prohibitory orders are in place at various areas across the state following violent clashes between the BJP, CPI(M) and the police.