Supreme Court hearing on IPC Section 377: The Supreme Court on Wednesday continued hearing a clutch of pleas challenging Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalises homosexuality. The Centre, which had sought four weeks time to file its response to the petitions, told the court today that it would not contest criminalisation of same-sex relations, adding that it leaves the decision to the ‘wisdom of court’.
On Tuesday, a five-judge Constitutional bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said it will examine the correctness of its 2013 verdict that had set aside a Delhi High Court order which had decriminalised gay sex.
During the course of day-long arguments on Tuesday, the court also made it clear that it would not venture into the issue of marriage relating to the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community or inheritance in live-in relationships. The bench also comprises of Justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra.