Delhi: The Supreme Court is all set to consider the writ petitions on Sabarimala on February 8. The writ petitions were submitted during the time review petitions were filed in the Supreme Court. The verdict of the apex court on September 28 allowing the entry of women of all age groups into the famous shrine had made Sabarimala a battlefield. 

The Supreme Court had earlier clarified that the writ petitions would be considered only after hearing the review petitions. 

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Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on January 15 stated that Indu Malhotra, the lone woman judge of the bench considering the case, is on medical leave and hence the case is unlikely to be considered on January 22, as announced earlier. Indu Malhotra had earlier opposed the entry of women of menstruating age into Sabarimala.

However, the revised date of the hearing of review petitions is still not announced. Thus, there are chances of even adjourning the hearing of the writ petitions too. The court had earlier decided to consider the review pleas on January 22. A total of 49 review petitions have been filed before the court.  

Chennai native Vijayakumar, Mumbai native Sylaja Vijayan, VHJ leader S Jaya Rajakumar and Akhil Bharatiya Malayalies Sangh have submitted the writ petitions in the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court directed the Kerala government to give 24x7 police protection for Bindu and Kanakadurga, the two women of menstruating age who trekked to Sabarimala and entered the temple on January 2.

The court passed the order while hearing the plea of the duo on Friday seeking 24X7 security. The two approached the apex court on January 17 seeking round the clock security following life threats.