No urgent hearing on Kerala govt's Sabarimala plea: SC

SC says no urgent hearing on Kerala govt's plea against HC security panel at Sabarimala
The Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala.
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday refused to accord an urgent hearing to the Kerala government's plea challenging the High Court order to appoint a three-member monitoring committee to oversee security and other activities at the Sabarimala temple.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said the state government's fresh plea against the appointment of a three-member panel would be taken up in regular court.

The Kerala HC recently appointed a three-member panel to oversee security and other arrangements at the hill shrine following recent incidents of violence.

The BJP and right-wing groups have been on a warpath after the LDF government decided to implement the Supreme Court order that allowed women of all ages to enter the temple.

The state government had earlier sought the transfer of pending petitions from the HC to the Supreme court.

A five-judge Constitution bench had said that banning the entry of women of child-bearing age into the shrine was gender discrimination and the practice violates the rights of Hindu women.

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