The information was uploaded on the website of the top court.
Besides the challenge to the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act, the constitution benches, the composition of which has not been uploaded so far on the top court’s website, will also deal with a challenge to its 2013 judgment, recriminalising gay sex between consenting adults.
The constitution benches would hear the contentious issue relating to the ban on the entry of women between 10 and 50 years of age in Kerala’s Sabarimala temple and also resume the hearing on a legal query on whether a Parsi woman would lose her religious identity if she married a man from a different religion.
The other contentious matter relates to the challenge to the validity of a penal law on adultery, which only punishes a married man for having an extra-marital sexual relationship with a woman married to someone else.
The other issues which would be dealt with by the constitution benches include the pleas, which have raised a question as to when will a lawmaker, facing a criminal trial, stand disqualified.
All these matters were earlier referred to larger benches for adjudication on important legal issues by separate benches of the top court.
These matters will come up for hearing from January 17.
In an unprecedented move, four seniormost judges of the top court — justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur and Kurian Joseph — at a press conference on Friday, had mounted a virtual revolt against the CJI, listing a litany of problems, including the assignment of cases.
They had said that there were certain issues afflicting the country’s highest court and warned that these could destroy the Indian democracy.
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