Historic Day For India: First Step Taken!
SC reopens hearing on section 377, refers matters to 5-judge bench!
Landmark Four-Minute Hearing!
A bench of three seniormost judges – Chief Justice TS Thakur, Justice Anil R Dave and Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar – held the open court and reopened debate on 377. The bench today agreed that the case needed to be relooked at by a larger constitutional bench of five judges.
With this, the Section 377 case reopens, and the petitioners will get a chance to argue before the bench afresh. This is only the 4th Curative Petition to have been admitted by the court. According to a report in Time of India, the bench said: “There are important constitutional questions involved in the issue relating to decriminalizing consensual gay sex within the privacy of a house.
Senior counsel Kapil Sibal argued in the court that the issue involved a question of far-reaching constitutional importance and must be heard by five judge bench. Kapil Sibal argued for two minutes for the petitioner Naz, saying that the issue involved dignity and the right to sexuality – both of which are Article 19A rights.
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