Justice Nariman says, Read the dissent order

Thiruvananthapuram:  Justice R.F. Nariman of the Supreme Court on Friday asked the Central government to go through the “extremely important dissent” order in the Sabarimala case.

Justice Nariman told solicitor general Tushar Mehta, “Please tell your government to read the dissent judgement delivered in the Sabarimala case yesterday (Thur-sday). This is extremely important. We cannot allow violation of our order and it has to be complied with. Inform your authority and the government to read it.”

A five-judge Constitution bench, by a majority of 3:2, on Thursday referred to a larger seven-judge bench the pleas seeking review of the 2018 judgement allowing all women and girls to enter Sabarimala temple.

The two judges, who were part of the five-judge Constitution bench in the Sabarimala case, had dissented from the majority verdict and dismissed the review petitions against the apex court’s earlier judgment allowing the entry of women of all ages at the Sabarimala temple.

Justice Nariman conveyed his views to Mehta while the court was hearing an appeal filed by the enforcement directorate challenging the Delhi High Court verdict granting bail to Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar in a money laundering case.

When Justice Nariman told Mehta that the government has to comply with the orders passed by the apex court, the solicitor general said that the court should not have an impression that the government would not comply with the directives. “I will beseech that please remove that impression,” Mehta said.

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