Supreme Court Round-Up for Tuesday

Important cases heard by the Supreme Court on Tuesday, April 18:

* SC made it clear that it will not go into personal laws governing marriages while deciding pleas seeking legal validation for same-sex marriages and said the very notion of a man and a woman, as referred to in the Special Marriage Act, is not “an absolute based on genitals”.

* Centre and Gujarat government told SC that they may file a plea seeking a review of its March 27 order asking them to be ready with original files on the grant of remission to the convicts in the Bilkis Bano case.

* SC agreed to hear on April 24 a plea seeking an independent probe into the killing of gangster-turned-politician Atiq Ahmad and his brother Ashraf in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj.

* SC deferred till April 25 hearing on a batch of pleas challenging the scrapping of 4 per cent Muslim quota in Karnataka after the state government sought time to file its reply.

* SC granted bail to independent Assam MLA Akhil Gogoi in connection with a case related to anti-CAA protests and suspected Maoist links.

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