SC crisis: Four senior most judges not on the bench that will hear crucial matters

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Supreme Court of India is expected to take up several no. of important cases for hearing from 18 January. There are almost 7 cases including section 377 which will be heard by a constitutional bench. But the constitutional bench formed to hear the crucial cases doesn’t include any of the topmost judges of the apex court who came out to criticise its administration 3 days ago. A report published in The Indian Express states that The Constitution Bench, formed earlier to hear the matter of the challenge to Aadhaar, comprises CJI Misra and Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan.

  • Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph are not on the bench which would hear the following cases:
  • Criminalisation of homosexuality (Section 377 case)
  • Restrictions on entry of women into the Sabarimala temple
  • Parsi woman that bars her entry into a fire temple because she had married outside her religion
  • A petition challenging the adultery provision in the Indian Penal Code which says a woman cannot be punished for adultery
  • The petition before the Bench concerns taxation while the deals with consumer law
  • Petition on whether legislators facing criminal cases should be disqualified at the stage of charges being framed against them

With Inputs From Indian Express 

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