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No urgent hearing of anti-polygamy, nikah halala plea: SC

Says will refer pleas against polygamy to constitution Bench after Centre's reply 

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday refused an urgent hearing of a plea challenging the constitutional validity of the practice of polygamy and nikah halala (a requirement for a divorced couple to remarry) among the Muslim community.

A Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, and justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud said the matter would come up for hearing in due course after the Central government files its response. The SC said it would consider setting up of a five-judge constitution Bench to examine the validity of the practices.

Petitioner Sameena Begum had urged that the plea be heard on Tuesday, saying she was facing threats to withdraw the plea.

CVC’s appointment upheld

The SC on Monday refused to quash the appointments of Central Vigilance Commissioner KV Chowdary and Vigilance Commissioner TM Bhasin, saying such complaints accusing them of not having “clean record” cannot be taken on face value as these could be made even against “very honest persons”.

The apex court said it could not interfere into the appointments of Chowdary and Bhasin as no grounds have been made to quash their appointments.

Lokpal: SC seeks Centre’s response

  • The SC on Monday directed the Centre to apprise it within 10 days about the time frame for steps to be taken to appoint anti-graft ombudsman Lokpal in the country.
  • A Bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and R Banumathi said this after Attorney General KK Venugopal said that the Lokpal selection committee would meet soon.
  • The Bench posted the matter for hearing on July 17.
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