Case on scope of Supreme Court's power under Article 142 to dissolve marriage listed before Constitution Bench tomorrow:

24th Mar,2021

Case on scope of Supreme Court's power under Article 142 to dissolve marriage listed before Constitution Bench tomorrow:


Will the Supreme Court in exercise of its forces under Article 142 of the Constitution disintegrate a marriage between consenting gatherings without alluding them to the Family Court to sit tight for the obligatory period endorsed under Section 13-B of the Hindu Marriage Act? (Shilpa Sailesh v. Varun Sreenivasan).A case including this significant legitimate inquiry is recorded for hearing on Wednesday before a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court involving Chief Justice of India SA Bobde and Justices BR Gavai, AS Bopanna, V Ramasubramanian and Hrishikesh Roy.

The case was alluded to a five-judge Bench almost five years prior on June 29, 2016 by a Division Bench of Justices Shiva Kirti Singh and R Banumathi (both resigned) in an exchange petition.In a past request, the Bench had adverted to a previous request passed in the matter on May 6, 2015, which had outlined the accompanying two legitimate inquiries for thought by a bigger Bench:

1. What could be the expansive boundaries for exercise of forces under Article 142 of the Constitution to disintegrate a marriage between the consenting gatherings without alluding the gatherings to the Family Court to sit tight for the required period recommended under Section 13-B of the Hindu Marriage Act?
2. Regardless of whether the activity of such locale under Article 142 ought not be made at all or whether such exercise ought to be left to be resolved in current realities of each case?
Via its May 2015 request, the Court had additionally selected four Senior Advocates - V Giri, Dushyant Dave, Indira Jaising and Meenakshi Arora to help it in the matter.

The Court in its 2016 request noticed these angles and alluded the make a difference to a Constitution Bench.The matter was alluded to straightforwardly to a Constitution Bench taking into account Article 145(3) of the Constitution.

"In our view additionally, the two inquiries figured before require a reference to Constitution Bench because of condition 3 of Article 145 of the Constitution. It is noticed that in the notes outfitted in the interest of the Attorney General, in passage 5 two different inquiries of law have likewise been demonstrated which may require thought by a Constitution Bench. It is smarter to leave the make a difference to the circumspection of the Constitution Bench itself whether it will be slanted to think about those two different inquiries of law or not," the 2016 request expressed.