New Delhi, September 5 (IANS): The Supreme Court on Monday gave the central government three more weeks to submit its responses to separate PILs seeking uniformity on marriage ages, divorce, alimony, adoption, succession and inheritance across communities.
A bench headed by Chief Justice UU Lalit and composed of Justice S. Ravindra Bhat questioned whether the legislature could be given a mandate to pass legislation. However, an intervener’s attorney asked the Supreme Court to dismiss the petitions, which said identical petitions had been filed by attorney Ashwini Upadhyay, which also included a petition asking for guidance on the draft Unified Civil Code (UCC). , which were first filed with the Delhi High Court and requested to be transferred to the SC.
To which Chief Justice Lalit said: “Yes, I agree that all of these are different facets, components of the UCC.”
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the center, requested time to submit a response on the matter. Counsel for the intervener asked the court to dismiss the claims.
Upadhyay clarified that his earlier plea was related to the UCC, which was withdrawn to appear before the Judiciary Commission.
The Supreme Court said that the arguments presented here show that identical questions are pending before this court. “Details of such petitions may be put on record by the petitioner until the next hearing,” he said, inviting the center to submit its response on the matter.
The petitions called for consistent grounds for divorce, alimony and alimony and for the elimination of discriminatory practices prevalent in different communities that violate fundamental rights to equality.
The Supreme Court had previously brought together PILs seeking uniform ages for marriage, divorce, alimony, adoption, succession and inheritance for all communities.
The petitions argued discriminatory practices within the law of persons, which violate Articles 14 and 21, which promise the right to dignity, and also Article 15, which prohibits discrimination. The petitions claimed that such practices put women in an inferior position to men.