Fresh petitions were filed in the Supreme Court on Friday against Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The petitioners Ashok Rao Kavi, Humsafar Trust and Arif Jaffar moved the court. The petition comes just six days after hotelier Keshav Suri, too, filed a plea in this regard in the top court.
They all sought a hearing from the apex court, which agreed to hear it on May 1.
In response to Suri’s plea, the apex court on April 23 sought the Centre’s reply on the plea seeking scrapping of Section 377.
Categorised as an unnatural offence, consensual sexual intercourse between persons of same sex is termed ‘against the order of nature’ under Section 377 of the IPC, and can be punishable by life imprisonment.