In 2013 the Supreme Court in Suresh Kumar Koushal & Ors. v. Naz Foundation & Ors had upheld the constitutionality of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 asserting that homosexuality is a criminal offence.
Two years ago, a batch of petitions was filed in the court to sough correction of the 2013 ruling. The petitions were filed by dancer Navtej S Johar, journalist Sunil Mehra, chef Ritu Dalmia, hotelier Aman Nath and business executive Ayesha Kapur.
The apex court then issued a notice to the Centre and referred the matter to a larger Bench which decided in January last year to reconsider its 2013 judgment.
Today (July 10th, 2018) a Constitution Bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices Rohinton Fali Nariman, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud, and Indu Malhotra will take up the petitions for hearing to settle the question of constitutionality of section 377 IPC.
Earlier, the Centre has filed a plea in the court to postpone today’s hearing but the court rejected the plea and decided to hear the matter.
Stay tuned for more updates.