Supreme Court to deliver the verdict on petitions against Sabarimala and Rafale

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Sabarimala and Rafale Judgment

SC had allowed women of all ages to enter Ayyappa shrine in Kerala


Sabarimala and Rafale Judgment: After the historic judgment on Ayodhya on Saturday, the Supreme Court is all set to announce verdicts on review petitions against its orders in two important cases – Rafale deal and entry of women in Sabarimala temple. The five-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, will deliver the judgment on petitions seeking review of the Court order which allowed menstruating women to enter the Ayyappa shrine in Kerala. The SC is also scheduled to review its judgment on Rafale deal, after a hearing petition was filed seeking an investigation into the alleged irregularities in the Rs 58,000 crore Rafale deal.

In September 2018, SC had ordered that women of all ages must be allowed to enter the famous Ayyappa shrine in Kerala. A century-old ban on women and girls between 10 to 50 years was lifted. The Travancore Devaswom Board (manages Sabarimala Shrine) protested that the top court cannot intervene and ban a century-old belief.

The top court had reserved the case on February 6

A five-member Constitution bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi had reserved the case on February 6 after hearing various parties including those who sought reconsideration of the judgment in an open court. The other judges on the bench are Justices RF Nariman, D Y Chandrachud, A M Khanwilkar, and Indu Malhotra. The Kerala government had then supported the verdict saying that the court can set aside religious practices that are against fundamental rights. Women petitioners had argued that getting barred the only cause of menstruation is discrimination against the constitution.

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PM Modi was given a clean chit in Rafale deal in the SC judgment

IN Rafale deal matter, 3 judge bench including Justices KM Joseph and SK Kaul headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi is to deliver judgment on petitions against its judgment in where PM Modi was given a clean chit in Rafale fighter jet deal with French firm Dassault Aviation.

The Supreme Court had reserved the decision on May 10 on the plea filed by Arun Shourie, Yashwant Sinha and activist Prashant Bhushan that sought the re-examination of SC’s findings in the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets.

The Court will also hear a defamation case by BJP Leader Meenakshi Lekhi against former Congress President Rahul Gandhi who allegedly misquoted Supreme Court on its order in the Rafale matter.

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