No stay on women entering Sabarimala temple | Rafale verdict: Supreme Court dismisses review pleas | Supreme Court accepts apology in Rahul Gandhi contempt case
CJI Ranjan Gogoi-led bench refers Sabarimala case to a larger bench in a split 3:2 verdict The Supreme Court, in a 3:2 judgment, has referred the crucial Sabarimala case to a larger Constitution Bench. The constitution of the larger bench will be decided by the new Chief Justice of India.
The Supreme Court bench notes that the entry of Muslim women in the mosque, Parsi women case and Dawoodi Bora case are similar to issues in Sabarimala review case.
The seven-judge Supreme Court bench that will now adjudicate on the review petitions in the Sabarimala matter will also look into the issue of Muslim women’s entry to mosques, case on female genital mutilation in the Dawoodi Bohra community and access to fire temples or ‘towers of silence’ for Parsi women.
It remains to be seen whether the Supreme Court’s September 2018 verdict allowing the entry of women still stands. The Sabarimala temple is said to reopen for devotees on November 16.
SC closes contempt case against Rahul Gandhi Supreme Court has closed a contempt case against Rahul Gandhi, which was filed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi after the then Congress president wrongly attributed his ‘Chowkidaar Chor Hai’ jibe to the Supreme Court of India.
SC accepts Rahul Gandhi’s apology but cautions him against misquoting judiciary The Supreme Court has said, “Mr Rahul Gandhi needs to be more careful in future” for attributing to the court his remarks. The court, however, accepted his unconditional apology tendered earlier and closed the case against him.
The Supreme Court has rejected the petitions seeking a review of its judgment giving a clean chit to the Modi government in the Rafale fighter jet deal with French firm Dassault Aviation.