New Delhi: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Thursday raised questions on the Supreme Court’s verdict on Section 497 and called on the Centre to roll back the judgement on Triple Talaq saying the Modi government must take back their Unconstitutional Ordinance on Triple Talaq.
Owaisi went on to question the Centre and said that the “SC didn’t say Triple Talaq is ‘unconstitutional’ but set it aside but apex court has said 377 and 497 is ‘unconstitutional’, will Modi Government learn from these judgments and take back their Unconstitutional Ordinance on Triple Talaaq.”
The Supreme Court (SC) struck down Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on Thursday. The five-judge Constitution Bench, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra and consisting of Justices Rohinton Nariman, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra, observed a unanimous judgement and said that it cannot be a criminal offence.
The plea challenging the validity of Section 497 was filed by one Joseph Shine last year in December who had argued that the law was discriminatory. Shine had argued that the law was unjust, illegal and arbitrary and that it violated the fundamental rights of the citizens. He filed a PIL and sought to make men and women equally liable for adultery.