The new five-judge bench will be headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and would comprise Justice RF Nariman, Justice AM Khanwilkar, Justice DY Chandrachud, and Justice Indu Malhotra.
The campaign for decriminalising gay sex also been bolstered by a supreme court ruling in August a year ago, which ruled that privacy, including a person's sexuality, was a fundamental right.
India's top court began reviewing Tuesday (Jul 10) petitions against a colonial-era ban on homosexuality, in the latest chapter of a legal tussle between social and religious conservatives and more liberal-minded Indians.
ANI reported that BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy said that being homosexual was 'not normal, ' was 'against Hindutva, ' and needs 'medical research to see if it can be cured. The Bench asked AG Venugopal to submit holistic guidelines which the court may adopt.
The top court is hearing two petitions filed by Senior Advocate Indira Jaising and law student Swapnil Tripathi.
"Section 377 IPC uses the phraseology "carnal intercourse against the order of nature". Even the Centre had at that time favoured retention of the provision in the IPC as penal offence.
Rescue operation suspended after 8th boy freed from Thai cave
On Sunday, teams of divers brought out four of the trapped boys but waited several hours before confirming their safe rescue. Monday's rescue effort took about nine hours, two fewer than the day before, in a sign of growing confidence and expertise.
Fireball seen across Midwest skies Sunday evening
More than 200 reports about a fireball visible across the central United States were submitted to the American Meteor Society. One woman who filed a report with the AMS said she heard a loud boom after the fireball passed.
Hotelier Kesav Suri, the Managing Director of Lalit Suri Hospitality group who is also an LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) rights activist, filed the plea in the apex court in April challenging the constitutional validity of Section 377.
The bench, which agreed with the submission of Rohatgi, also said it would examine the fundamental right to life and sexual freedom.
The new petitions will now be challenging the apex court's verdict in 2013.
The apex court had on May 3 sought the response of the Centre to pleas seeking live streaming, video recording or transcribing of judicial proceedings in courts.
Referring to its December 2013 verdict that overturned the 2009 Delhi high court order that decriminalised gay sex, the apex court admitted that its decision needed to be reconsidered and referred the matter to a larger bench. On their dismissal, curative petitions were filed by the affected parties seeking re-examination of the original verdict.
The hearing comes nearly a year after the Supreme Court ruled that individual privacy is a fundamental right, a verdict constitutional experts say has a bearing on the homosexuality ban. In the past too, petitions to scrap the law was signed by different individuals, including Ashok Rao Kavi of Humsafar Trust and Arif Jaffar.
Tropical Storm Chris is shown off the eastern coast of North and SC , U.S., in this satellite image July 9, 2018 at 16:12 UTC. Winds are still at 70 miles per hour , making it a strong tropical storm approaching hurricane strength.
The couple got engaged at a resort in the Bahamas on July 7, a date that holds religious significance to Bieber. Stephen Baldwin also is a minister in NY who appreciates Bieber's devotion to Christian values.
It had been feared that sustained heavy rain could raise water levels inside the cave, greatly hindering the rescue operation . Musk posted videos on Twitter of the aluminum sub being tested at a swimming pool Sunday midafternoon California time.
England's progress in Russian Federation has revived the Three Lions anthem - which includes the line "football's coming home". But you wouldn't know it judging by the training exercise the Three Lions have been taking part in.
"I have joined Paris with a child's enthusiasm", Buffon said during the press conference , as quoted on PSG's official website . Buffon posed for photos alongside Al-Khelaifi and with the PSG goalkeepers jersey and club scarf.
The challenges will now be harder for City as their domestic rivals Manchester United and Liverpool are strengthening their side. Hazard now wears the number 10 shirt for club and country, but Luka Modric occupies that jersey at the Bernabeu.
New York University scientists have captured a four-mile iceberg breaking away from a glacier in eastern Greenland on video. It's a tabular iceberg, long and flat; in the video, you can also see tall, thin pinnacle icebergs crack off and flip over.
The Duchess of Cambridge paused her maternity leave on Tuesday for a special occasion, close to her heart - literally. The service will be followed by a fly-by at Buckingham Palace and another balcony appearance from the royal family.
Marc Forster ( Finding Neverland ) directs Christopher Robin from a screenplay by Alex Ross Perry and Allison Schroeder . The producers are Brigham Taylor and Kristin Burr with Renée Wolfe and Jeremy Johns serving as executive producers.
15-foot croc captured in Australia
After nearly a decade on the loose, authorities have finally captured a "monster" Northern Territory crocodile. It was snared in a trap moored in the spawling Katherine River system, about 250 miles south of Darwin.
Britain's economy grew by 0.3% in May driven by services
The BoE is expected to raise rates by 25 basis points to 0.75 percent on August 2, according to a Reuters poll of economists. A man takes a photograph of the Canary Wharf financial district from Greenwich Park in London, Britain, January 22, 2017.
Bucks’ Donte DiVincenzo has $3.71 in his bank account
Assuming 120 percent of the rookie scale, he'd be on track for a two-year deal worth $5,386,800 ($2,481,000 being the cap hit). According to the NBA Rookie Scale, the first-year salary of a 17th pick should be around $2,067,500.
A quick look at the "final four" Supreme Court candidates
In this March 8, 2017, file photo, Judge Thomas Hardiman smiles during a meeting with The Associated Press in Philadelphia. Supreme Court shows that we also can no longer count on our highest court to uphold these protections".
Belgium star Hazard: I used to support France growing up
The victor will face either Croatia or England , who play Thursday (2am Malaysia time ), in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday. Hazard moved to Lille when he was 14 and he and his brothers used to admire the French 1998 World Cup winning side.
Hazard to go up against adopted France of his hero Zidane
Captain Harry Kane is leading England's charge with six goals so far, putting him top in the race for the Golden Boot. In possession, Belgium stuck to their classic 3-4-2-1 system, however, the formation was subjected to minor tweaks.
Scientists Trace 'World's Oldest Colours' From Africa
That's about 600 million years older than similar chlorophyll fossils found previously, scientists reported in the new study. In fact, the ancient oceans that were once dominated by the cyanobacterial started to disappear when algae became prevalent.