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Indian Supreme court criticizes lawmakers’ comments over its re-banning gay sex

The Indian Supreme Court has refused to sack four Indian Government ministers for criticizing its recriminalization of homosexuality in the South Asian nation but has criticized them for criticizing it.

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6th January 2014 14:17

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Asia

The Indian Supreme Court has refused to sack four Indian Government lawmakers from their ministries for criticizing its decision to recriminalize homosexuality in India.

Delhi resident Purushotham Mulloli had petitioned the court for Law Minister Kapil Sibal, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, Minister of State for Communications Milind Deora and Jammu and Kashmir state Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to be sacked as ministers for their public reactions to the court’s verdict – accusing them of showing contempt for the court.

Supreme Court Chief Justice P. Sathasivam did not remove the lawmakers from their positions but called their comments ‘unwarranted’ and cautioned them against making similar comments about the court and its judgements in future.

‘Remarks made against the verdict are not appreciable,’ Chief Justice Sathasivam wrote in his decision.

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