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Will abide by the Supreme Court verdict: TDB President

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Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 13 : With the Supreme Court set to deliver its final verdict on a batch of petitions seeking re-examination of its decision to allow entry of women of all age group to the famed Sabarimala temple on Thursday, the Travancore Devasom Board (TDB) said they will abide by the top court’s decision.

TDB is the body that looks after the administration of most temples in South Kerala districts, including Sabarimala.

At present, TDB is headed by former CPI-M legislator A. Padmakumar.

“The final verdict will come tomorrow. We are duty bound to abide by the court’s ruling,” Padmakumar told the media persons.

“I have full faith in the Supreme Court and whatever is the verdict, both the TDB and the government will accept it,” said Padmakumar, whose three-year-term will end tomorrow.

It was on September 28 last year that the apex court allowed women of all ages to enter the temple and following that it was a free for all between right-wing forces which stood guard and chased away women in the age group of 10 and 50, with the Kerala Police trying their best to see that the verdict was adhered to in letter and spirit.

The top court is now expected to give its final verdict after 64 review petitions have been filed asking the apex court to ensure that traditions and culture of the famed temple is protected.

Meanwhile State Minister of Devasoms (the body that looks after all temples in Kerala) Kadakampally Surendran said let the verdict come.

State BJP spokesperson M.T. Ramesh said that he expects a verdict which will favour the believers.

“The BJP is expecting a positive verdict that will protect the temple tradition and culture. Should it be otherwise, other constitutional ways would be looked into,” said Ramesh.

Incidentally, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while on his campaign at the recent Lok Sabha polls in the state, had assured that the Centre would make efforts to provide constitutional protection for the state’s faiths and beliefs.

Besides its poll manifesto, BJP had made a mention of the Sabarimala controversy, saying it would “endeavour to secure constitutional protection on issues related to faith and belief”.

The Congress had time and again asked the BJP government to see that appropriate amendments are done to protect faith and tradition.

Meanwhile, all arrangements are in place for the two-month-long festival season of the famed Sabarimala Ayyappa temple in Kerala that opens for pilgrims on Sunday.

The Kerala Police has made the routine security arrangements by posting around 2500 police officials in and around the temple complex, which has been the practice.

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Will pass Assembly resolution against CAA: Mamata

“We have also passed a resolution against NRCA three months ago. We will pass a resolution against CAA also within three-four days,”

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Kolkata, Jan 20 : The West Bengal government is planning to pass a resolution in the state Assembly against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in the next three-four days, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Monday.

Banerjee also appealed to other states, particularly those in the North-East, to pass such resolutions.

“We have also passed a resolution against NRCA three months ago. We will pass a resolution against CAA also within three-four days,” Banerjee told mediapersons.

The CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) government in Kerala and Congress ruled Punjab have already passed resolutions in the respective state assemblies demanding scrapping of the controversial CAA.

TheA CAA, passed in Parliament last month, seeks to provide Indian nationality to Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Parsis, Jains and Buddhists fleeing persecution in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh before December 31, 2014.

As per the Act, such communities will not be treated as illegal immigrants now and will be given Indian citizenship.

The legislation, which has come into force on January 10, has led to intense protests across the country, with students coming out on the streets in thousands in almost all the states. Civil society members, anti-BJP political parties and commoners have also joined the protests.

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Supreme Court rejects Nirbhaya case convict’s plea on juvenility

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New Delhi, Jan 20 : The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a petition of Nirbhaya case convict Pawan Gupta regarding his alleged juvenile status, pointing out that the plea had already been rejected by subordinate courts.

A bench headed by Justice R. Banumathi had earlier queried Pawan’s counsel: “How many times will we hear the same things? You have already raised it many times.”

Pawan has moved the top court to challenge a Delhi High Court order that declined to entertain his plea that he was a juvenile when Nirbhaya was gang raped and brutally assaulted on December 16 night in 2012. She died on December 29, 2012, at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.

A Juvenile Board in January 2013 had declared that Pawan was not a juvenile when he committed the crime.

While Pawan’s counsel had argued that the prosecution deliberately concealed that he was a juvenile, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said the prosecution had consistently maintained that the convict was not a juvenile at the time of the crime.

“His birth certificate has been filed on record. The parents never disputed the age at the time of the commission of the crime,” said Mehta.

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7 dead in a major road accident in Rajasthan

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Jaipur: Seven people lost their lives while one sustained critical injuries on Sunday night when a Fortuner they were travelling in was hit by a vehicle in Nyama village near a private hotel on Fatehpur-Sujangarh National Highway 58, in Churu district.

Police officials said that investigation is going on to find out if it was a truck or a bus which hit the vehicle from behind. Barricading has been done in and around the area to find out the vehicle which hit the Fortuner, said a Police control room officer, based in Churu.

The deceased belonged to the same village, Rolsahabsar in Sikar district and were travelling to Sujangarh.

There were eight passengers in the vehicle out of which seven died in the hospital and the eighth one was shifted to Sikar district hospital in critical condition, confirmed police officials.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot expressed his condolences, saying, “Deeply saddened to know of a road accident in which seven people have lost their lives at Salasar Fatehpur Road in Salasar area, Churu. My heart goes out to their families. May they find strength. Prayers for speedy recovery of the injured.

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