India's Supreme Court frowns at ministers' remarks against its gay-sex verdict

India's Supreme Court frowns at ministers' remarks against its gay-sex verdict
Indian gay rights activists participate in a protest against the Supreme Court ruling reinstating a ban on gay sex in Kolkata on December 19, 2013.

New Delhi - The Supreme Court today expressed "displeasure" over statements made by some Union ministers including law minister Kapil Sibal against its verdict on gay sex, saying it is "unwarranted" and "not in good taste" while cautioning them from doing so in future.

Visibly upset after going through the statements annexed in a PIL seeking action against the ministers, a Bench headed by Chief Justice Mr P Sathasivam said the remarks made against the verdict are "not appreciable".

"We agree that some of the statements made are not in good taste. They are holding high post and they have a responsibility. They must be cautious in making statements," the Bench, also comprising Mr Justice Ranjan Gogoi, said.

"They have very casually made the statements. We take it as unwarranted comments," the Bench said after going through the comments made by Mr Sibal, Milind Deora, P Chidambaram and also J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah.

The Bench, however, said that the statement made by the finance minister is not very objectionable but some of the remarks made by others are not in good taste.

The Bench, however, refused to pass any order against the leaders who were personally made party in the case.

"Except showing our displeasure we cannot do any thing," the Bench said, adding, "Though the statements made are not appreciable, we are not inclined to entertain the petition".

The court was hearing a PIL filed by a Delhi resident Purushotham Mulloli seeking removal of the ministers for allegedly making contemptuous remarks.

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