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Govt tells HC to ignore Ramadoss’ views on allowing gay sex September 29, 2008

Posted by nitinkarani in English, Section 377.
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Mon, Sep 29 05:53 PM
New Delhi, Sep 29 (PTI) The government, under flak for taking a contradictory stand on the homosexuality law, today told the Delhi High Court not to consider Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss’ views on allowing gay sex among consenting adults. “It doesn’t matter what the minister says.
It is also not important what the affidavit says. It is for the court to decide the issue,” Additional Solicitor General P P Malhotra said before a bench headed by Chief Justice A P Shah.
The Centre’s response came after the court on the last hearing had pulled it up for speaking in two voices on the homosexuality law. In a contradictory stand taken by Health and Home ministry, the former had suggested decriminalisation of gay sex while the latter said that the penal provision against such acts cannot be scrapped.

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