Navtej Johar case

January 9, 2018:
The Navtej Johar and others vs. Union of India writ petition of April 2016, challenging the constitutionality of Section 377 has been assigned to a five judge constitutional bench. Petitioners involved with other cases such as Akkai Padmashali and others vs. Union of India (writ petition, 2016) and the Curative Petition (Naz, Voices Against 377, Parents, Mental Health Professionals, Educators) will be tagging their cases with the Johar challenge to 377.

The case is #4 in a list that will be open for hearing on Jan 17, 2017. We will be posting developments on this case on this page.

Legal Analyses (pre-hearing, including some post-Koushal pieces)

Gupta, Chetan. 2014. Why approaching the SC afresh on 377 is the only way: Chetan Gupta looks beyond Koushal.  Legally India. April 28, 2014 15:10. Online at

Varma, Satvik. 2017. Rainbow of Hope: The implications of the privacy judgment on Section 377. Sept 1, 2017. Bar and Bench. Online at

Bhatia, Gautam. 2018. Section 377 Referred to a Constitution Bench: Some Issues.  Jan 8, 2018. Indian Constitutional Law and Philosophy. Online at

Media Coverage (pre-hearing)

Print/Online text

The Hindu Business Line: SC refers plea against Sec 377 of IPC to larger bench (Jan 8, 2018)

Hindustan Times: SC to reconsider Section 377 that criminalises homosexuality (Jan 8, 2018)

NDTV: What The Supreme Court Said On Section 377: Here’s A Look (Jan 8, 2018) Supreme Court to reconsider, review Section 377 of IPC: Apex court’s 2013 judgment upheld criminality of gay sex (Jan 8, 2018)

The Indian Express: Section 377: Supreme Court will revisit its order banning gay sex; societal morality changes with time (Jan 9, 2018)

Times of India: Section 377: The famous and fearless 5 who convinced SC (Jan 9, 2018)

The New Indian Express: Time to bid farewell to Section 377 (Jan 12, 2018)


NDTV: Time To Celebrate, Says Section 377 Petitioner Ritu Dalmia (Jan 8, 2018)

Times of India: Newshour Debate: Time to decriminalise homosexuality? (Jan 8, 2018)

CNBC TV18: SEC 377: SC To Review Ruling | Debate (Jan 8, 2018)

NewsX. Landmark move by Apex court; top court to review section 377 verdict (Jan 8, 2018)

Rajya Sabha TV (RSTV):  Vishesh: SC to Reconsider Criminality of 377 (Jan 09, 2018)

Times Now: Senior Lawyer Mahesh Jethmalani On Supreme Court’s Decision To Review Section 377 (Jan 8, 2018)

Cauvery TV (Tamil): சட்டப்பிரிவு 377: குற்றம் என்ன? | Matrathai Nokki |  377 IPC India (Jan 9, 2018)