Sabarimala row: Petitions filed against head priest, others for blocking women entry

Sabarimala: Two petitions have been filed to initiate contempt proceedings against the Head Priest and others who prevented the entry of women to the Sabarimala temple.

One of the petitions has been filed against the head priest of the temple Kantararu Rajeevaru, who threatened to shut the temple if women enter the shrine, and P. Ramavarma Raja-Chairman of Trust/Committee that manages the affairs of Pandalam Palace-who allegedly directed the priest and protested against despite the verdict of Apex Court.

Another petition has been filed against state BJP President PS Sreedharan Pillai, BJP leader Muraleedharan Unnithan K and actor Kollam Thulasi.

Kollam, who is also a member of the BJP, had said that women who try to enter Sabarimala should be ripped apart.

“There is clear case of scandalizing and lowering of authority of this Hon’ble Court by interfering and obstructing with the administration of justice by resisting the implementation of judgment of this Hon’ble Court,” the petition states.

While the CPM government has decided to follow the Supreme Court verdict and not appeal for a review, the opposition, Congress and BJP have sided with the protesters and are seeking a review.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan held his ground even when protests intensified and warned stern action against those who prevented women from entering the temple.

There are 19 other petitions in the Supreme Court seeking a review of its September 28 order. The Travancore Devaswom Board, which manages the Lord Ayyappa temple has decided against filing a report in the apex court on the situation prevailing in Sabarimala following intensified protests against the verdict.

Also Read: Sabarimala Protests: Head Priest Decides To Close Down Shrine If Women Enter In

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