The Supreme Court on Monday clarified that it will not hear the review petitions in the Sabarimala temple case. It, however, added that it will consider the issues that were raised by the previous five-judge bench on November 14 last year.
“We are not hearing review pleas of Sabarimala case. We are considering issues referred to by a five-judge bench earlier,” news agency PTI quoted the bench as saying.
The court gave a three-week period to the concerned parties to sit together and discuss what issues can be framed. It also ordered that the Secretary-General, Supreme Court, will convene a meeting of all the lawyers to discuss the framing of issues on January 17.
A total of 60 petitions will be heard by a nine-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde. The other judges on the bench are Justices R Banumathi, Ashok Bhushan, L Nageswara Rao, B R Gavai, S A Nazeer, M M Shantanagoudar, R Subhash Reddy, and Surya Kant. The new bench has no judge from the previous bench.