Law School Constitutional Law Discussion on the Sabarimala Case

Discussion on the Sabarimala Case

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About this Talk

On 28th September, 2018, the Supreme Court delivered its verdict on Sabarimala Temple Entry Case. Since then, it has become one of the most talked about cases in recent times. Since, it questions the validity of following the age-old customs in Hindu temples even today, it has been a hot topic for debates all over the country.

Mr Prashant Padmanabhan, in this interview, gives us the insider's view by answering all the burning questions related to the case. He clarifies all the aspects of the Sabarimala Case and explains how the issue actually arose.

The interview touches various aspects of the case including the majority and dissenting judgments, civil rights v. religious customs, review petitions, and so on.

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  • 1. Sabarimala Case Interview
    • 1.1 What is the Sabarimala Case?
    • 1.2 How did the matter reach the Supreme Court?
    • 1.3 Aspects of untouchability
    • 1.4 Journey of the matter
    • 1.5 Appeal against the High Court judgment
    • 1.6 Justice Indu Malhotra’s dissenting view
    • 1.7 Were Articles 25 and 26 at loggerheads?
    • 1.8 Aspect of Lord Ayappa’s celibacy
    • 1.9 Religious taboo related to menstruating women
    • 1.10 Procedure of review
    • 1.11 Interpretation of law without facts
    • 1.12 Hearing in open court
    • 1.13 Constitution of a new Bench
    • 1.14 Fundamental rights vis-à-vis social reform
    • 1.15 Role of courts and customary practices
    • 1.16 Evolution of religion and societal upgradation
    • 1.17 Nine-judges Bench hearing reference question
    • 1.18 Shifting views of judges


As a law student, lawyer, legal academician, you need to be well versed with the landmark judgments. One such very famous case is Indian Young Lawyers Association v. The State of Kerala (Sabarimala Temple Entry Case).

In this talk, our guest Mr Prashant Padmanabhan discusses this case in detail. He gives us the insights right from the origin of the custom being questioned, how was it brought into question, what was the earliest judgment, to the review petition before a nine-judge bench in Supreme Court. He further discusses the constitutional articles invoked in the case, the arguments and opinions that entailed in the case, review procedure being followed by the Supreme Court, and intervention of Central Government in the case.

This talk covers everything that one must know about the case and also walks us through the constitutional procedures adopted by the Supreme Court in the case.


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Prashant Padmanabhan

Prashant Padmanabhan is an Advocate on Record in Supreme Court of India. In his legal practice, for the last two decades, he has been talking on contemporary legal issues in universities, bar associations, cultural and other associations, TV channels, and other public platforms. He actively writes and publishes his views on contemporary legal and constitutional issues. He, as an advocate on record has assisted senior advocate Ms.Indira Jaising in the Sabarimala case for the side supporting women entry at Sabarimala.

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Charu Mathur

Charu Mathur has a rich and diverse expertise in corporate, commercial, civil, criminal and constitutional law matters. She is an Advocate on Record, Supreme Court of India. She has represented parties which include cricketing bodies and educational institutions like IIT Jodhpur, NLU Jodhpur, BPUT Orissa, MPUAT Rajasthan, private engineering and medicine colleges of Gujarat and Orissa.