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Supreme Court rejects plea seeking recusal of CJI Chandrachud from hearing petitions demanding legal recognition for same-sex marriages

The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected an application that sought recusal of Chief Justice of India D.Y. Chandrachud from hearing the petitions seeking legal recognition for same-sex marriages.

The application was moved by an intervenor named Anson Thomas, stating that the Chief Justice of India should recuse from hearing this matter.

As soon as the intervenor finished his submissions, CJI Chandrachud rejected the plea.

Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta, who was present in courtroom no 1,  also raised objection to the recusal plea. 

Terming the application for recusal as an ‘aberration,’ the SG said that since the judge has made the submission, he would officially object to this.

CJI Chandrachud is heading the five-judge Constitution bench, which is currently hearing the 20 petitions seeking legal recognition of same-sex marriages. 

Other members of the Bench include Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Justice S. Ravindra Bhat, Justice Hima Kohli and Justice P.S. Narasimha. 

The Apex Court had commenced hearing on the matter on April 18 and is likely to deliver the verdict before it goes for summer vacations from May 22 to July 2. Today is the ninth day of hearing.

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