The apex court has agreed to consider the plea for a curative petition hearing filed by gay rights campaigners against the court verdict criminalizing homosexuality. A bench will examine the documents and consider their plea.
A curative petition is the last judicial resort for grievance redressal in the Supreme Court and is considered by the judges in-chamber, without giving the parties an opportunity to argue the case. The petitioners, including NGO Naz Foundation which has been leading the campaign for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community, have contended that the December 2013 judgment was erroneous as it was based on old law. The petitioners submitted that the case should have been heard by a Constitution bench.
Earlier, the court had dismissed the review petitions filed by the Centre and gay activists including filmmaker Shyam Benegal against its verdict on gay sex, declaring it punishable with upto life imprisonment.