SC Refers Plea on Homosexuality to Constitution Bench

A five-judge Constitution bench will hear petitions filed by gay rights groups that say homosexuality is no crime

Published: 02nd February 2016 04:18 PM  |   Last Updated: 02nd February 2016 04:52 PM   |  A+A-


NEW DELHI: A five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court will hear a curative petition by the NGO Naaz Foundation and others seeking a relook at the apex court's verdict upholding the validity of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalises homosexuality.

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A three-judge bench of the court, comprising Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justices A R Dave and J S Khehar, referred the curative petition to a five-judge bench as senior counsel Kapil Sibal argued that the issue involved a question of far-reaching constitutional importance and must be heard by five-judge bench.

The Constitutions bench would be constituted in the future.

There were eight curative petitions seeking a re-examination of the Supreme Court order overturning the Delhi High Court judgement of December 11, 2013 decriminalising Section 377 (unnatural sexual offences).

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