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Sabarimala Case Update: Centre Asks SC For A Larger Bench To Settle Question Of Gender Discrimination At Religious Places

Lawstreet Journal 7 Feb 2020 2:32am

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The Supreme Court's nine judge bench today (February 6, 2020) began the deliberations on the legal issues examining whether the top court can refer the questions of law to a larger bench while having the review jurisdiction exercised. 

The question arose in the Sabarimala case hearing that relates to the gender discrimination against women at religious places. The bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde and consists of Justices R Banumathi, Ashok Bhushan, L Nageswara Rao, MM Shantanagoudar, SA Nazeer, R Subhash Reddy, BR Gavai and Surya Kant. Many senior lawyers including Fali S Nariman, Kapil Sibal, Shyam Divan, Rajeev Dhavan and Rakesh Dwivedi.

A five judge bench, by majority of 3:2 on the 14th of November, 2019 referred to a larger bench, the issue of discrimination against women at various religious places of worship. The majority held verdict by the former Chief justice - Ranjan Gogoi and Justices AM Khaniwilkar and Indu Malhotra decided to keep the plea in a review decision regarding to the issue of entry of women into the shrine as pending. And further said restrictions were not only limited to Sabarimala alone and prevailed in other religious places as well. 

The updates from today's proceedings are as follows: 

  1. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said that the question framed for arguments today was on an "inherently faulty premise". The court had listed for arguments the issue whether a Sabarimala Review Bench could have framed and referred new questions of law to a larger Bench.
  2. CJI said, "You deciphered that the (5-judge Bench) had… Continue Reading...

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