New Delhi: The Supreme Court has finally agreed to hear a curative petition of gay activists challenging its verdict criminalising homosexuality in the country .
According to reports, a bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur agreed to hear the curative petition on February 2, 2016.
The petition was filed by gay rights activists and NGO Naz Foundation against the Supreme Court's December 11, 2013 judgement upholding validity of section 377 (unnatural sexual offences) of IPC and the January 2014 order, by which it had dismissed a bunch of review petitions.
This curative petition is the last judicial resort for a litigant to get his grievances heard by the court.
More than two years back, in a blow to gay rights, the Supreme Court had overturned a Delhi high court verdict decriminalising gay sex among consenting adults in private. The SC in 2013 revived the penal provision of Section 377 of IPC which was declared unconstitutional by the HC in 2009.
The court had even refused to review its order and dismissed the plea of gay rights activists.