New Delhi: The Supreme court will hear all key cases this week including practices of polygamy; Nikah-Halala, Aadhaar and implementation of Nirbhaya welfare fund. To begin with, Chief Justice Dipak Misra led bench on Monday will hear petitions filed to declare ‘unconstitutional practices’ of polygamy and Nikah-Halala among the Muslim community.
The bench will also take up the cases of homebuyers who did not deliver flats by real estate groups — Unitech and Amrapalli. The bench will consider their plea for a refund. Other than this, the SC will hear petitions filed by Viacom18 and others in connection with the protests against movie Padmaavat.
Moreover, the petition seeking a ban on leaders convicted in criminal cases from heading political parties, will also be taken up by the bench. Arguments in Aadhaar case will also be continued with the UIDAI CEO resuming his presentation before the bench.
The practice of ‘Nikah Halala’ requires the divorced woman to marry someone else, consummate the marriage and then get a divorce in order to again marry her first husband under the Muslim personal law. A lawyer, Ashwini Upadhyay, had filed a PIL that urged the top court to declare ‘Nikah Halala’ as rape under section 375 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and declare polygamy an offence under the section of 494 of the IPC and also triple talaq, an offence under section 498 of the IPC.
“I have also requested the SC to declare Nikah Halala as rape under section 375 of the IPC, polygamy an offence under section 494 of the IPC and triple talaq an offence under section 498 of the IPC,” Upadhyay told ANI.