In connection with the administration of the historic Sabarimala temple, the Supreme Court on November 20 asked Kerala government to frame an “exclusive law”.
The three-judge bench headed by Justice N V Ramana asked the state government to file a draft in connection with the Sabarimala temple in four weeks.
The apex court while hearing the petition filed by Pandalam Royal family adjourned the Sabarimala matter was for the 3rd week of January 2020.
The top court took exception to Kerala government’s attempt to change laws dealing with the administration of Sabarimala and other temples.
The royal family was one among the batch of petitioners who had challenged top court’s September 2018 Sabarimala judgement. The court declared that women of all ages could enter the holy shrine.
In response, the Kerala government told the SC that involving women in the administration of Sabarimala was part of its liberal push.
The state government also produced the draft amendments in the Travancore-Cochin Hindu Religious Institutions Act in the SC to which the top responded: “It is not enough”. It said there was a need for a “new exclusive law” for the administration of the temple.
The Supreme Court had referred the review to a larger seven-judge bench on November 14. Chief Justice Gogoi while reading the judgment said that “it is an essential practice to religion. But what is essential to one may not be to the other. But both should be allowed to follow their own practices.”
(with inputs from ANI)