NEW DELHI: The National Ayyappa Devotees Association and the Nair Service Society (NSS) on Monday filed a separate review petition in the Supreme Court seeking evaluation of the Constitution bench judgement which lifted the ban on entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala temple.
The plea, filed by Shylaja Vijayan, president of National Ayyappa Devotees Association, called the apex court’s judgment “absolutely untenable and irrational, if not perverse”.
"The petition lists out specific points in the earlier verdict and seeks to hear arguments on them, “said NSS general secretary G Sukumaran.
Reacting to the petition, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that it is the responsibility of the government to implement the verdict of the SC but they are ready for a discussion over the issue.
"It is not the policy of the government to fight with believers, their interest will be protected, Government is ready for a discussion," the Kerala CM said.
Meanwhile, the representatives of Sabarimala temple's 'tantri' (chief priest) have decided to skip the meeting called by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to discuss the September 28 Supreme Court verdict.
“Let the government first file a review plea in the Supreme Court. Once that is known, and then we will decide on what needs to be done," said Sabarimala tantri Kantararu Mohanaru.
R R Varma, representative of the royal family of Pandalam, said the family wanted to protect the age-old traditions at the temple and was not interested in a discussion aimed at reaching a consensus on implementing the SC’s order.
On Sunday, hundreds of Ayyappa devotees took part in chanting the hymns of Lord Ayyppa rallies conducted at Tripunithura in Ernakulam and Tirunakkara in Kottayam.
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”.