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No relevance of TDB plea in SC seeking time to implement Sep 28 order: Kerala govt

Press Trust of India  |  Kottayam (Ker) 

The government Friday said there was now no relevance for the Travancore Board's plea in the Supreme Court, seeking extension of time to implement its September 28 verdict, permitting women of all age groups entry into the in

said the plea was filed during the two-month-long pilgrim season as there was not much basic facilities for women devotees reaching there in large numbers.

"Since the pilgrim season is over, there is no relevance for such a plea now," he told reporters here.

The claimed the Board (TDB) had accepted the order.

"Don't forget the fact that TDB had accepted the verdict," he said, referring to the U-turn made by the board when the apex court Wednesday heard pleas, seeking review of its verdict.

He said the board took a stand in line with the order during the hearing of pleas seeking review on Wednesday.

During the earlier round of litigation, the TDB had opposed the PIL by the seeking to throw open the shrine for all women.

However on Wednesday, it supported the apex court's order, joining the government to oppose a batch of pleas seeking review of the Supreme Court verdict.

The also dismissed as "media creation" reports of differences between TDB A Padmakumar and A Vasu over the stand taken by the board in the apex court on Wednesday.

Surendran's statement comes a day after a row broke out in the TDB after its A Padmakumar sought an explanation from the for reversing its stand on the Supreme Court's verdict.

Padmakumar had said Thursday that the board had actually submitted a plea seeking extension of time to implement the September 28 order.

"Our got only three minutes when the review petitions were taken up (in the Supreme Court) on Wednesday. When the court asked whether the board was accepting the verdict permitting women's entry, he naturally replied in the affirmative. We are yet to know what had actually happened in the court," Padmakumar had told reporters in Pathanamthitta.

"The (N Vasu) was the one who was sent to in connection with the case. He knows what happened. I have sought an explanation from him in this regard," the TDB had said.

The board's changed stand had invited strong protests from various quarters, including the Pandalam royal family, attached to the Temple.

The temple body had told a five-judge bench, headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi, that it was high time that a particular class not be discriminated on the ground of "biological attributes".

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, February 08 2019. 19:01 IST
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