Sabarimala: Kerala govt moves Supreme Court

Sabarimala: Kerala govt moves Supreme Court
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New Delhi: The Kerala government Monday moved the Supreme Court seeking transfer of pending pleas relating to the Sabarimala Temple from the High Court to the apex court, alleging that members of 'right-wing outfits' are obstructing the implementation of its verdict.

"When the Sabarimala temple re-opened for pujas for five days from October 17, the members of various organisations coming under the right-wing outfits, have collected in large numbers from Pamba onwards and they have openly declared that women between 10 to 50 years, who try to enter the Sabarimaala temple or even the Saranapatha that is the hill route from Pamba to Sannidhanam, will be physically obstructed. This declaration is the clear violations of the judgement of this court," the plea said.

The right-wing outfits have been up in arms against the Kerala government's decision to implement the Supreme Court verdict. Sabarimala and nearby areas had witnessed frenzied protests, prompting the authorities to enforce prohibitory orders.

The state government said it is 'constitutionally bound' to ensure that the law laid down by the apex court is implemented.

It, however, alleged that petitions in the high court have been filed to prevent the state from implementing the judgement.

"At least five women, out of which two are working in media including that of New York Times, were physically obstructed and were threatened with physical danger when they tried to go to Sabarimala from Pampa," it said, while seeking the transfer of cases to the top court.

"When the temple again opened for a day on November 5, at that time, many political parties openly declared that they will not permit the alleged custom of the temple, banning entry of women from 10 to 50 years, to be broken in spite of the court's judgement," it alleged, adding that the attempt have been made to 'politicise the entire issue'.

Earlier, the Travancore Devaswom Board had moved the top court seeking more time to implement the verdict citing security issues and inadequate amenities.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear on January 22 in open court the petitions seeking a review of its judgement.

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