Relief to LGBT! SC refers pleas challenging Section 377 to five-judge bench

New Delhi: In a major relief to the LGBT community, the Supreme Court on Tuesday referred to 5-judge constitution bench the curative pleas seeking re-examination of its verdict criminalising homosexuality under Section 377.

Hearing a batch of eight curative petitions filed by parents, civil society, scientific and LGBT rights organisations against a January 28, 2014 judgment by the Supreme Court, a bench comprising three senior-most judges - Chief Justice of India TS Thakur and Justices Anil R Dave and JS Khehar did not issue notice to the central government on the plea and left it to the constitution bench.

In January 2014, the apex court had dismissed a plea by the petitioners to review its original appeal judgment on December 11, 2013 which set aside Delhi High Court's verdict that had declared Section 377 unconstitutional, and said it was in violation of the fundamental rights enshrined in Articles 14, 15 and 21 of the Constitution.

News24 Bureau