Apex Court: No Urgent Hearing of Contempt Plea against Sabarimala Priest

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today has refused to hear urgently a contempt plea against the Sabarimala Temple’s Chief Priest, as he closed the temple to perform “purification” rituals after two women entered the shrine.

The bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S K Kaul said that the matter will be heard on 22nd January when the the bench will take up review pleas challenging its earlier order allowing the entry of women between the age group 10-50.

Advocate P. V. Dinesh, who is appearing for the Indian Young Lawyers Association, said to the bench that the closing of the shrine by the temple authorities for purification purpose after two women entered the temple on Wednesday is violative of  the verdict given by the Apex Court.

The women’s entry triggered violent protests across the state and several Hindu outfits have called for a dawn-to-dusk hartal today. A BJP worker was also killed in the violence. Security has been tightened in the state after shops in Kozhikode were pelted with stones. The traders and tourism sector companies have decided to boycott today’s hartal, citing financial losses. The BJP and state Congress have extended their support to the bandh call and accused the Vijayan government of violating the temple’s traditions.

CM Pinarayi Vijayan, Thursday morning, shot back at the Sangh accusing it of “organising and coordinating” violence in the state. Addressing a press conference, he said, “Everyone knows what all damage they (Sangh Parivar) have done in Sabarimala. The two women who had tried to enter the temple earlier, returned yesterday and asked for police help to enter the temple. Since the police have to implement the Supreme Court’s order, it had no other choice. It is a tradition in Sabarimala to help pilgrims and in this case, other pilgrims themselves help the women climb up. The women themselves have confirmed that they were resisted by other pilgrims.”



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