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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has agreed to hear in open court review petitions challenging its verdict allowing entry of women of all ages into Sabarimala temple. Hearing a bunch of petitions seeking a review of the court’s verdict, the Supreme Court said it will now hear the matter on January 22 in an open court.

The date of hearing will be after the two-month prime pilgrim season for which the temple reopens on November 17. The bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice RF Nariman, Justice AM Khanwilkar, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Indu Malhotra will hear the 49 petitions on January 22.

The Sabarimala temple will reopen for devotees from November 16. Earlier in the day, the apex court had said it will begin hearing writ petitions only after orders on the review pleas. The Sabarimala temple has been in the centre of a controversy ever since the Supreme Court allowed women of all ages to enter the sanctum sanctorum of the Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala.


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