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Sabarimala verdict Highlights: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan calls all-party meeting on Nov 15

Sabarimala verdict Highlights: The Supreme Court refused to stay its verdict allowing entry of women of all age groups into the Sabarimala temple but agreed to hear in open court on January 22 a batch of review petitions in the matter.

By HT Correspondent | Nov 14, 2018 00:15 IST

Supreme Court Tuesday agreed to hear on January 22 a batch of review petitions against its verdict allowing entry of women of all age groups into the Sabarimala temple.

The apex court said however that there will be no stay on the September 28 verdict which allowed entry of women in the shrine.

Here are the highlights:

7:04 pm IST

CM Pinarayi Vijayan calls all-party meeting on Sabarimala

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan called an all-party meeting on November 15 to discuss the upcoming Sabarimala pilgrimage season.

On Supreme Court order, he said the state government would take legal advice on the matter.

“As per my understanding, the top court has clearly stated that there is no stay on its September 28 verdict.

We will consult legal experts on the matter”, Vijayan said.

4: 45 pm IST

Activist Rahul Eswar says peaceful protest will continue

Activist Rahul Eswar says peaceful protest will continue. “We will guard the temple till Jan 22. Hope, at least now the government will respect devotees’ sentiments,” he says.

4:30 pm IST

Will trek to Sabarimala in first week of pilgrimage season, says female activist

Activist Trupti Desai says she will trek to the temple in the first week of pilgrimage season. The season starts on Nov 17.

4:24 pm IST

Congress hails SC order

“We hope the court will understand devotees sentiments and take a favourable decision on Jan 22,” said Congress working president K Sudhakaran.

4:08 pm IST

Devotees carry out victory processions, distribute sweets

After Supreme Court agrees to revisit its verdict to allow women of all ages into Sabarimala temple, devotees take out victory processions at many places in Kerala and distribute sweets.

4:00 pm IST

Open court hearing on all petitions on Jan 22

Supreme Court orders open court hearing on all the 49 review petitions in Sabarimala case.

12:07pm IST

Sabarimala a proud Hindu temple: Rahul Easwar

Sabarimala is not a secular temple, it is a ‘proud Hindu temple’, tweets activist Rahul Easwar.

11:36am IST

CMO denies media reports on Sabarimala

Pinarayi Vijayan’s office denies reports that appeared in a section of media today that said the Kerala CM admitted strict posture on Sabarimala alienated a section of faithful. The CMO said the report was baseless and uncalled for. The CM did not talk to anyone from the media, said a statement from his office.

11:12am IST

Five-judge bench led by CJI Gogoi to take up review petitions at 3 pm

CJI Ranjan Gogoi says if review petitions are dismissed, the court will hear writ petitions. If review petitions are allowed, then the writ petitions will be tagged together. A five-judge bench led by CJI Gogoi is to take up the review petitions at 3 pm.

11:12am IST

Hearing on review petitions first

Supreme Court to hear fresh writ petitions in Sabrimala case after orders on review petitions are passed during the course of the day.

11:00am IST

The petitioners

National Association of Aayappa Devotees, Nair Service Society and 17 other organisation have moved the review petition.

10:40am IST

No plan to withdraw case against Kerala BJP president

No plan to withdraw case against Kerala BJP president PS Sreedharan Pillai, state government tells high court. Pillai was booked for an alleged controversial speech in which he said the BJP planned and executed the agitation on Sabarimala.

10:32am IST

TDB calls meeting

Travancore Devaswom Board, which runs Sabarimala temple, calls meeting in the evening.

10:30am IST

CM Vijayan calls meeting in evening

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan calls meeting in the evening to review Sabarimala arrangements. The row has affected preparation for the three-month-long pilgrimage season.

10:28am IST

Cong to continue agitation

Even if review pleas go against devotees, Congress will continue its peaceful agitation on Sabarimala, says Congress leader K Sudhakaran, who is leading a protest rally in north Kerala.

10:18am IST

Total 51 petitions filed

A batch of 48 petitions seeking review of the earlier judgement are expected to be taken up by a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices RF Nariman, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra, reported PTI. Three other similar petitions are also slated to come up for hearing before a bench of CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph.

10:05am IST

SC hearing to begin soon

The Supreme Court is likely to soon take up 51 pleas seeking review of its verdict allowing women of all ages into Kerala’s Sabarimala temple. The hearing comes days before the hilltop shrine, which has seen large-scale protests and violence over the judgment, opens for its three-month pilgrimage season.