New Delhi, February 27: The Supreme Court on Thursday said it would expedite hearing on a pending petition seeking revisiting the apex court’s earlier definition of ‘Hindutva’ as a way of life, and hear arguments for and against the plea seeking to disqualify candidates if they make use of ‘Hindutva’ to seek votes. 

A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde said it would hear the petition after completion of arguments in the faith versus fundamental rights case arising from pleas seeking review of the SC judgement striking down the religious custom banning entry of women in the 10-50 year age group in the Sabarimala temple in Kerala. 

CJI Bodde said the nine-judge bench headed by him and also comprising Justices R Banumathi, Ashok Bhushan, L Nageswara Rao, Mohan M Shantanagoudar, S Abdul Nazeer, R Subhash Reddy, B R Gavai and Surya Kant, would resume the Sabarimala case on a daily basis from March 16. The hearing was derailed because one of the judges was down with swine flu.

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