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Jaitley, Chidambaram Bat For Gay Rights, Appeal SC To Review Sec 377 Ruling

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| November 29 , 2015 , 11:36 IST
Jaitley Chidambaram Union finance minister Arun Jaitley and his his predecessor P Chidambaram on Saturday said that ban on gay sex is not in accordance with the legal jurisprudence, and the judgement on gay sex should be reconsidered. "The Supreme Court's 2014 verdict banning gay sex is not in accordance with the evolving legal jurisprudence and the court needs to reconsider it," Jaitley said while speaking at the Times LitFest. The two leaders said the Supreme Court should not have reversed the Delhi high court order de-criminalizing consensual sex among gay adults. "When millions of people world over are having alternative sexual preferences, it is too late in the day to propound a view that they should be jailed. The Delhi High Court's view appears more acceptable," he said. Chidambaram said that the Delhi High Court verdict decriminalizing gay sex was a wonderful one and the Supreme Court should have stayed with it. The finance minister was also critical of the SC's judgment scrapping the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC). He said this judgment too needed to be reconsidered. "This judgment meant that the CJI would virtually appoint judges and that elected representatives were not to be trusted on this issue. It's not a fair argument as elected bodies are basic part of the Constitution. The judgment needs reconsideration." Delhi High Court in its 2009 judgment has decriminalised Section 377 to stop police harassment of adults of same sex having consensual sexual relationship in private. It was challenged in the Supreme Court by religious bodies. The SC had in 2013 held that Section 377 providing punishment for gay sex was constitutionally valid.

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