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SC concludes hearing petitions challenging Section 377; verdict yet to come
The Supreme Court on Tuesday concluded hearing petitions challenging the constitutional validity of Section 377 of Indian Penal Code that criminalises 'unnatural sex' even between two consenting adults. However, the apex court reserved its final verdict.

A five-member Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, on Tuesday concluded a four-day marathon hearing on the issue which had began on July 10. Other members of this bench include Justice RF Nariman, Justice AM Khanvilkar, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Indu Malhotra.

The high profile judicial Bench has asked all the parties to present their written arguments in support of their respective claims till July 20. The decision in the case is likely to come before October 2, the day Chief Justice Dipak Misra is due to retire.

The said petitions were filed by dancer Navtej Johar, journalist Sunil Mehra, Chef Ritu Dalmiya, Hotel owner Aman Nath, Keshav Suri and businessman Ayesha Kapoor among others.

This issue was first raised in the Delhi High Court by NGO Naz Foundation in 2001. The Delhi High Court in its verdict had decriminalised gay sex in 2009. However, the Supreme Court repealed the High Court's decision in December 2012 along with dismissing all the review petitions in the case.

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