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Centre Petitions Supreme Court Against Decriminalisation of Adultery in Armed Forces

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Attorney General KK Venugopal, representing petitioner Defence Ministry, submitted that armed power personnel could be dismissed from service on floor of unbecoming conduct on account of adultery with brother officers’ spouses.

  • IANS New Delhi
  • Last Updated: January 13, 2021, 16:03 IST
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The Centre has pleaded within the Supreme Court {that a} 2018 apex court docket judgment to decriminalise adultery below the IPC shouldn’t be relevant to the armed forces. The apex court docket issued a discover on Wednesday within the matter.

A bench headed by Justice RF Nariman and Justices Navin Sinha and KM Joseph additionally despatched the case to the Chief Justice for itemizing it earlier than a five-judge bench that had decriminalised adultery. The high court docket had then famous it will possibly solely be a floor for divorce.

Attorney General KK Venugopal, representing petitioner Defence Ministry, submitted that armed power personnel could be dismissed from service on floor of unbecoming conduct on account of adultery with brother officers’ spouses.

The Centre argued that the highest court docket verdict on adultery could trigger instability inside the armed forces as defence personnel had been anticipated to perform in peculiar circumstances.

The Centre emphasised that in the course of the course of their service, defence personnel many instances stayed away from their households for lengthy durations, because of their posting on borders or different far-flung areas.

After a quick listening to, Justice Nariman mentioned that the matter could be positioned earlier than a five-Judge Bench as deemed match by the Chief Justice of India.

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