There is something wrong here. Masking homophobic beliefs under the greater good of 'tackling HIV', and this coming from the Central Govt.

Justifying criminalisation of homosexuality in the country, the Centre has pleaded before the Delhi High that it is one of the main reasons for spread of HIV/AIDS and needs to be curbed.

6 thoughts:

Perakath Sunday, December 07, 2008  

The High Court refused to accept that argument and castigated Additional Solicitor-General P P Malhotra, who made those submissions. I had the honour to work with Mr Malhotra this last summer!

shakester Monday, December 08, 2008  

thats good to hear, Perakath. Quick work considering the story was from TOI online Sunday!

And heck, well done on the great collaboration. Guess its all part of a steep learning curve,...

Perakath Monday, December 08, 2008  

Thanks! Actually, today's story was based on Mr Malhotra's written submissions in the case, which would have been recently submitted. He made the same argument verbally in open court a few weeks ago, and the court blasted him then and there. I doubt they'll find merit in his arguments!

shakester Monday, December 08, 2008  

Ah, ok. Its good to hear that merit is unlikely to be found in this...

But its interesting, am i to understand that papers report on legal cases based on the written submissions? Which may or may not be on different timeline from that which the actual case is taking?

Perakath Monday, December 08, 2008  

Actually no, this is the first time I'm hearing of a report based on written submissions. Written submissions are not public documents; perhaps the reporter obtained a copy directly from Mr Malhotra-- I've heard of that happening before.

Reports are usually made based on what the reporters hear spoken in open court. The Supreme Court, especially, always has a large contingent of reporters in every courtroom.

Anonymous Tuesday, December 09, 2008  

ah, hmmm. Interesting to know how it works...

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