The Supreme Court on Thursday referred the verdict on the entry of women in Sabarimala temple to a larger bench. Sabarimala review petitions will remain pending until the issue is decided by larger bench. A bench of five judges, consisting of the chief justice Ranjan Gogoi, and justices DY Chandrachud, Rohinton Nariman, Indu Malhotra, and AM Khanwilkar pronounced the verdict.
In September 2018, a bench headed by former CJI Deepak Misra had allowed entry of women into the Sabrimala temple after it held the practice of barring women from entering the temple premises at par with the practice of untouchability.
The Supreme Court judgment had sparked off massive outrage and protests in Kerala. Subsequently, 56 review petitions were filed with the apex court and it reserved its judgment on petitions in February 2019.
Prior to the court's 2018 judgement, the temple barred entry of women aged between 10 and 50 years.
First Published: IST