The top court however made it clear at the outset that it was not considering review pleas in the Sabarimala case.
“We are not hearing review pleas of Sabarimala case. We are considering issues referred to by a 5-judge bench earlier,” said a 9-judge Constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde. The bench said it will consider listing the petitions related to entry of Muslim women into mosques, female genital mutilation in the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community and barring of Parsi women, married to non-Parsi men, from the holy fire place at Agiary.
It said the Apex Court Secretary General will coordinate with the four senior advocates, including Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and A M Singhvi, in thrashing out issues to be dealt by it. The lawyers will decide whether the several issues referred to it by an earlier bench on November 14 last year needed to be reframed, it said.
The meeting should also deal with the time to be allotted to each lawyer for advancing arguments in the case, it added. The bench said the lawyers should decide as to who will address which issue and fixed the matter for further hearing after three weeks. ”We will grant three weeks time for this (deciding the issues) and we will put this matter after that for hearing,”
it further said.