It seems like the issue of triple talaq and polygamy in Muslim community might need to wait before Supreme Court views the Constitutional legitimacy of it. The matter is expected to heard on October 18. The hearing involves religious organisations, muslim women petitioners, rights groups and others.
The petitions on triple talaq were last heard by the CJI-led bench on September 6, when the central government was given four weeks to convey its stand on the Constitutional validity of these practices. However, the hearing is expected to be deferred till a seven-judge bench is formed that will look into a batch of Constitution matters on the same day. The bench will be headed by Chief Justice of India T S Thakur, who also leads the bench that has been hearing petitions on the validity of triple talaq and polygamy.
Besides, with the upcoming holidays for the Court from October 29 to November and other public holidays in November and December might defer the meeting if the bench. CJI Thakur is expected to retire on January 3, 2017 which would lead to the constitution of a new bench to examine the matter.
Even on working weeks, Mondays and Fridays are fixed for miscellaneous matters and hence, detailed arguments in this batch of cases are unlikely to take place. Submitting its affidavit on October 7, the Union Law Ministry argued that polygamy and triple talaq should be done away with, asserting that these practices “cannot be regarded as essential or integral part of the religion”.