No discussion in Cabinet on decriminalising gay sex
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Last Updated: Thursday, September 10, 2009, 15:45
  
New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Thursday deferred a decision on the suggestion of a three-member ministerial group which went into the Delhi High Court judgement decriminalising gay sex.

"The Home Minister was not present so it was not discussed," I&B Minister Ambika Soni said when asked whether the Cabinet discussed the ministerial team's report which is understood to have recommended not to contest the High Court judgement.

Asked how the government proposed to go ahead in the matter which is coming up for hearing before the Supreme Court on Monday, Soni merely said "the law ministry will look into it."

The Cabinet note is understood to have said that the three ministries -- Home, Health and Law -- have agreed to the document circulated by the Law Ministry suggesting that the judgement should not be opposed in the Supreme Court.

Before finalising the note for the Union Cabinet, Home Minister P Chidambaram, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and Law Minister M Veerappa Moily had held series of meetings to arrive at a conclusion on the issue.

The Supreme Court had on August 17 sought a response from the government on petitions filed by a Christian body and a disciple of Yoga guru Ramdev seeking a stay on the Delhi High Court verdict legalising gay sex on the ground it will have a catastrophic effect on the society's moral fabric.

Bureau Report


First Published: Thursday, September 10, 2009, 15:45


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