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Sabarimala: TDB to decide its legal course today

Prime News, Nation, (Thiruvananthapuram), October 23:-The board managing the Sabarimala temple, in the eye of a storm over entry of women of menstrual age, on Monday said it has the responsibility of protecting the faith of devotees and traditions of the shrine and would decide on Tuesday its stand to be taken in the Supreme Court.

The Travancore Devaswom Board would meet here on Tuesday and take a decision on its legal course to be taken in the court where review petitions have been filed against its recent order lifting the centuries-old ban on entry of women in 10-50 age group into the Lord Ayyappa temple, its chief A Padmakumar said here.

“The TDB has the legal responsibility to protect the interest of devotees. We also have to look into the rituals and customs of the temple. The board will make its intervention in Supreme Court without harming this,” he told reporters.

His remarks assume significance in the wake of the Supreme Court on Monday saying it would decide on Tuesday as to when the petitions, seeking review of its verdict on Sabarimala, will be listed for hearing.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S K Kaul stated this after submissions by lawyer Mathews J Nedumpara that his petition seeking review of the constitutional bench’s judgement last month be listed for urgent hearing.

The famous Sabarimala temple, which opened for monthly puja on October 17 for the first time after the apex court order, has been witnessing a stand-off over the issue with angry devotees preventing at least a dozen women in the ‘barred’ age group from entering the shrine.

Padmakumar said Tuesday’s TDB meeting would decide the nature of report to be submitted at the apex court.

“Discussions are going on with the legal experts. The TDB is viewing the issue with utmost seriousness,” he added.

Last week, the TDB had decided to approach the apex court and submit a report on the situation prevailing in the state in the backdrop of intense protest by devotees of Lord Ayyappa after the LDF government decided to implement the order on entry of women.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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