The Supreme court has issued a notice to Delhi Police Commissioner after the petitioner told the Supreme Court that he was receiving death threats. It has ordered the Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi to ensure safety of lawyers involved in the case. The matter will be heard on February 8.The lawyer, Naushad Ahmed Khan, is fighting for the right of women to enter the famous Sabarimala Ayyappa temple in Kerala had told the Supreme court that he received hundreds of death threats warning him to drop the petition, making him seek police protection.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Khan, President of the Indian Young Lawyers Association, is one of the two lawyers who had filed a plea in the Supreme Court against women been barred from entering the temple.Khan also expressed his wish to withdraw the case, however, the SC said that it was not possible to withdraw a PIL such as this.The Supreme Court said that it would appoint an ‘Amicus Curiae’ to solve the Sabarimala Temple case constitutionally. The court will hear the matter on January 18.Sabarimala Temple case constitutionally. The court will hear the matter on January 18.The term ‘Amicus Curiae’ is referred for someone who is not a party to a case or solicited by any of the parties to assist a court.The apex court had earlier questioned the prohibition on allowing women to enter the Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala, stating that such a practice had no constitutional basis.”I have received more than 700 telephone calls, including some calls from international telephone numbers, since Wednesday. These callers are (trying to) force me to withdraw the petition,” Khan had said.The Supreme Court had earlier questioned the age-old tradition of banning the entry of women in the menstrual age group inside the historic Sabarimala temple in Kerala, saying it cannot be done under the Constitution. “The temple cannot prohibit entry (women), except on the basis of religion. Unless you have a constitutional right, you cannot prohibit entry. Anyway, we will examine it on February 8,” a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and N V Ramana said.
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