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Gay sex: Govt may seek more time from SC

The Delhi HC verdict legalising gay sex has put the government in a fix as it remains undecided about its stand in the Supreme Court, 10 days after a response was sought from it on the vexed issue. "No affidavit has been filed in the court as yet. It has to be seen what happens in the court," Attorney General GE Vahanvati, who will appear in the matter, said.

india Updated: Jul 19, 2009 16:04 IST

The Delhi High Court verdict legalising gay sex has put the government in a fix as it remains undecided about its stand in the Supreme Court, 10 days after a response was sought from it on the vexed issue.

"No affidavit has been filed in the court as yet. It has to be seen what happens in the court," Attorney General GE Vahanvati, who will appear in the matter, told PTI.

"You have to wait and watch what happens in the court tomorrow," he said.

While the Centre remained non-committal about its stand on the High Court verdict which has been opposed by different sections of society, including religious leaders of all communities and a child rights body, gay rights activists have drawn up a detailed strategy to defend the verdict.

"We will file our response to the appeals after it is admitted by the apex court," said Shivangi Rai, the lawyer actively associated with the NGO Naz Foundation on whose PIL the High Court on July 2 had declared the penal provision (under Section 377 of Indian Penal Code) for gay sex among consenting adults in private as unconstitutional.

The apex court had issued notice to the Centre seeking its response on the petition filed by a Delhi astrologer challenging the High Court verdict.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan, which will hear the matter on Monday, had said during the earlier hearing that "any interim order against the High Court verdict, if necessary, will be considered only after hearing the parties concerned".