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SC Refuses to Hear Sec 377 Plea, Refers Matter to Chief Justice

The bench said the matter will be listed before a bench headed by the Chief Justice of India for appropriate orders.

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SC is hearing a curative petition on Section 377, an archaic law that criminalises homosexuality in India. (Photo: iStockphoto)

The Supreme Court on Wednesday referred the plea of some celebrities, who are supporters of LGBT community and seeking quashing of section 377 of the IPC which criminalises homosexuality, to a bench headed by the Chief Justice of India.

A bench comprising Justices SA Bobde and Ashok Bhushan said the matter will be listed before a bench headed by the Chief Justice for appropriate orders.

During the hearing, senior advocate Arvind Datar said the plea should be tagged along with the curative petition pending in the court.

The bench then said it could be mentioned before the bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur.

The celebrities, including chef Ritu Dalmia, hotelier Aman Nath and dancer NS Johar, in their plea had sought protection of their sexual rights on the ground that it is an integral part of the fundamental right to life.

The gay celebrities said their lives have been “inexorably constricted and their rights infringed” by the penal provision.

(With PTI inputs)

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