The Supreme Court will begin hearing a clutch of review petitions today at 10.30 am that challenges its September verdict allowing women aged between 10 and 50 into the Sabarimala temple in Kerala.
A batch of over 40 review petitions would be heard by a five-judge Constitution bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices R.F. Nariman, A.M. Khanwilkar, D.Y. Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra.
The Sabarimala case was earlier scheduled for January 22 but had to be cancelled as Justice Indu Malhotra, one of the judges on the panel, was on medical leave.
The landmark verdict on September 28, 2018, led to massive protests in Kerala and triggered a political slugfest between the ruling CPI(M), the BJP and the Congress.
On Monday, the Kerala ruling LDF government admitted that just two women, between the ages of 10 and 50- Bindu and Kanaka Durga have entered the Sabarimala temple and offered prayers after the Supreme Court lifted restrictions on the entry of women of all ages at the hill-top shrine.