New Delhi: On Friday, November 23, a contempt petition has been filed before the Supreme Court against BJP’s Kerala State President, PS Sreedharan Pillai, Sabarimala priest and three others for not executing the orders of the Court.
With Solicitor General, Tushar Mehta refusing to sanction the petition, the plea was directly submitted before the Apex Court.
On Wednesday, November 21, the Thiruvalla Court granted conditional bail to Kerala BJP General Secretary K Surendran, who was detained for obstructing the duty of public servants during his way to Sabrimala and was taken under preventive custody last week, on November 17.
Despite the monumental verdict of the apex Court in September, pertaining to the centuries old ban over entry of women in their menstruating age at the Sabrimala Shrine. There has been a string of massive outrage against the verdict, as the protestors believe that the presiding deity Lord Ayyappa is a ‘naishtikabrahmachari’ i.e. perennial celibate.
As per a report submitted by a Senior Police official, more than 3500 suspects had been detained across the State and nearly 529 cases were registered in connection with the volatile outburst of the protestors.
On Monday, November 19, the Minister of State for Tourism, KJ Alphons stated that the situation at the hill-top shrine and in its neighboring areas seems worse than a state of emergency.