The Supreme Court will deliver the verdicts on Sabarimala

The Supreme Court will deliver the verdicts on Sabarimala

The Supreme Court is going to deliver the final judgments in the Sabarimala and Rafale review petitions. Currently, the Supreme Court has passed a historic verdict on the Ayodhya land dispute matter. Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi who headed the bench of the Supreme Court is left with four more important decisions which he is required to deliver within a week before he demits office on 17th November 2019.


On 28th September the apex court had allowed women of all ages for entering the Sabarimala temple, which had led to a massive tumult. 64 review petitions have been filed, asking the court to make certain that the traditions and culture of the famed temple is protected. The awaited judgment is going to come out just two days before of the Sabarimala Temple reopening for the 2 month-long ‘mandalam’ season from 16th November.

The Supreme Court’s decision allowing women of reproductive age towards entering the hill shrine of Sabarimala had to lead huge protests in Kerala. It had caused a political clashes between Kerala’s ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The administration Kerala had booked near about 50,000 protestors after large-scale violence throughout the state. The violence also hit the revenues of the temple as well as affected the footfall of pilgrims.
However, the traditionalists had argued that the idol in Sabarimala, Lord Ayyappa, is celibate and thus there are some limitations on women of child-bearing age in order to enter the hill shrine.

Sabarimala Temple is located in the mountain ranges of the Western Ghats at an altitude of 914 metres above sea level, and the temple is four kilometres uphill from Pamba in Pathanamthitta district, which is about 100 km from the capital city.

The Sabarimala temple is particularly dedicated towards the Hindu celibate god Ayyappan, also recognized as Dharma Sastha, who as per belief is the son of Shiva and Mohini, the feminine incarnation of Vishnu.


The bench is also going to pronounce its judgment in another politically sensitive matter in which a review was sought after of the 14th December 2018, ruling by which the Narendra Modi-government has been given a clean chit in the buying of Rafale fighter jets.

Judgments under Review

The Supreme Court, on 28th of September 2018, had given the decision in Sabarimala case. Through a 4:1 majority, the Court had allowed the entry of women of all age groups who can enter the Sabarimala temple, holding that devotion shall not be subjected towards gender discrimination'.

Also the Supreme Court in December, in 2018, had rejected a string of petitions looking for an independent investigation into the 2015 Rafale deal and gave the deal a clean chit relating to every respect which included decision-making, pricing as well as procurement procedure by the government. The bench consisted of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S. K. Kaul and K. M. Joseph had stated its decision on a batch of PILs made by Advocates and former Union Ministers Arun Shourie as well as Yashwant Sinha and AAP MP Sanjay Singh.

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