New Delhi, May 3: Senior lawyer and Congress leader Salman Khurshid will assist the Supreme Court as amicus curiae when the contentious triple talaq case will be heard in the next couple of days. Salman Khurshid has requested the Chief Justice of India Jagdish Singh Khehar to give him a chance to bring both sides to an amicable solution. The apex court on Wednesday allowed Salman Khurshid to assist it as amicus curiae in hearing a batch of pleas challenging the constitutional validity of ‘triple talaq‘, ‘nikah halala’ and polygamy practices among the Muslims. Also Read - Delhi-NCR Pollution News: SC Appoints Ex-judge Madan Lokur as One-man Panel to Monitor Stubble Burning
A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justices D Y Chandrachud and S K Kaul allowed former Union Minister Salman Khurshid to act as an amicus curiae and file his written submissions in the triple talaq case. “We will take it on record. It’s not an issue,” the bench said when Salman Khurshid said that the time for filing written submission in the matter has already expired and he intended to file certain pleadings in the case. Also Read - 'Wife Entitled to Stay at Her in-Laws' House': Supreme Court Revises Rules Under Domestic Violence Act
The Supreme Court will commence the hearing on the batch of petitions challenging the practices of ‘triple talaq’, ‘nikah halala’ and polygamy among Muslims from May 11. Under the triple talaq, a Muslim man can instantly divorce his wife by repeating ‘talaq’ thrice. As per ‘nikah halala’, a woman divorcee, has to marry someone else and consummate this marriage before getting a divorce to remarry her earlier husband. Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government had on April 11 filed fresh submission in the apex court, saying these practices impacted the social status and dignity of the Muslim women and denied them the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution. Also Read - 'Common Man's Diwali in Your Hands': Supreme Court Tells Centre to Enforce Interest Waiver on Loans by Nov 2
The practices of triple talaq, ‘nikah halala’ and polygamy impact the social status and dignity of Muslim women and render them unequal and vulnerable qua men belonging to their own community; women belonging to other communities and also Muslim women outside India, said the government.