Video: Section 377: All eyes on Supreme Court as 5-Judge Bench to hear case

 New Delhi, July 10: News24 Bureau: A newly re-constituted five-judge ( Chief Justice Dipak Misra, justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra) SC constitution bench will begin hearing petitions on repealing Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) which criminalises "carnal inter­course against the order of nature" and thereby questioning the sexual relationship between two persons of same sex.


"It is not a normal thing. We cannot celebrate it. It's against Hindutva. We should invest in medical research to see if it can be cured. Government should consider having a 7 or 9 judge bench," said BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on SC to begin hearing the pleas seeking scrapping of #Section377.



A newly re-constituted five-judge ( Chief Justice Dipak Misra, justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra) SC constitution bench will begin hearing petitions on repealing Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) which criminalises "carnal inter­course against the order of nature" and thereby questioning the sexual relationship between two persons of same sex.

Earlier Supreme Court had refused to adjourn the proposed hearing by a five-judge Constitution bench on a batch of petitions challenging its verdict that had re-criminalised consensual carnal sex between two adults.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra refused to defer the hearing after the Centre sought more time to file its response on PILs on gay sex.

The newly re-constituted five-judge constitution bench is scheduled to commence hearing of four crucial matters, including the issue of sexual relationship between persons of same sex, from today.

The Supreme Court had in 2013 restored sexual relationship between persons of same sex as a criminal offence.