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Gay sex case: SC agrees for open court hearing

Earlier, gay rights activists had appealed to the Supreme Court to take into account its recent verdict on granting separate recognition to transgenders while deciding their curative petition against its judgment criminalizing homosexuality.

Appearing before a bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam, senior advocate Anand Grover had pleaded that it should consider the 15 April verdict recognizing transgenders or eunuchs as third category of gender while taking a decision on curative plea.

Curative petition is the last judicial resort available for redressal of grievances in court. The petitioners, including NGO Naz Foundation which has been spearheading the legal battle on behalf of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community, contended that there was an error in the judgment delivered on 11 December last year as it was based on old law.

The apex court had earlier dismissed a batch of review petitions filed by the Centre and gay rights activists including noted filmmaker Shyam Benegal against its December 2013 verdict declaring gay sex an offence punishable up to life imprisonment.
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