[Same Sex Marriage Updates] Centre claimed unnecessary hype


NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday expressed strong disapproval of “objectionable comments” made by the Central Governments in the case concerning the recognition and registration of same-sex marriage in India.

The Division Bench consisting of  Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Navin Chawla refused to take the affidavit on record and directed the Centre to file a better reply.

The Centre had claimed that the applicant is attempting to create “unnecessary hype” about the matter and its sole intention is to “create a hallucination” of public interest and to make the matter “sensational”. Meanwhile, Senior Advocate Neeraj Kishan Kaul for the petitioners expressed his pain and submitted that the Centre may have its reservations to live-streaming. However, the language used in the affidavit is derogatory and demeans the rights of a particular segment of society.

The application for live streaming was filed by three professionals who live in Mumbai and Karnataka, and a petition was filed by Abhijit Iyer Mitra seeking registration of marriages of LGBTQIA couples under the Hindu Marriage Act.

In the reply to the application seeking live streaming of the proceedings, the Ministry of Law and Justice argued that

the permission for live streaming of the proceedings in the matter may not be granted as either the matter involves a violation of any fundamental right, nor is it the one relating to national importance.

It was alleged that the applicant is trying to turn away from the legal and constitutional infirmities of the writ petition and is striving to attract “global attention” to his alleged cause.

The next date of the hearing is on 20th August 2022.

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(MARCH – APRIL 2022)


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