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CJI holds Quran in SC, asks: Where is instant Triple Talaq mentioned in Quran?

The hearing on triple talaq continues in the Supreme Court with all sides putting their arguments. On Wednesday the SC witnessed some dramatic scenes with CJI JS Khehar holding the Quran and reading out verses from Surah At-Talaq to a counsel of the respondents.

Then he asked them to show the mention of Talaq-e-Biddat or instant talaq in the Quran.

The Bench is lead by Chief Justice of India.

According to a report in, senior advocate V Giri was making his submissions where he stated that interventions in personal laws have been made before and there have been verdicts where communities’ practices were struck down.

Giri passed on the Quran to the bench and said that Talaq-e-Biddat finds mention in para 230 of Surah 65 of the Quran. However, the CJI smiled and asked the counsel to read the para again.

“You have to read all the paras before and after to give a complete picture. Even Mr (Kapil) Sibal cited only a select few. If you say the period iddah is compulsory after every pronouncement and it is the third instance after which it becomes irrevocable… hence, Talaq-e-Biddat finds no place in the Quran. We are only pointing this out to you because you should know that we also understand what is happening here and it’s not that we are not getting it,” said the CJI.


“Talaq-e-Biddat is not sanctioned by the Quran at all,” Justice Nariman said.

Giri then said, “I accept it is my mistake and it was just my inference.”

The judges read Surah 4 verse 35 and said it needs an arbitrator. “Read the complete paragraph, you will see even this excludes triple talaq completely,” said the CJI.

Holding up a copy of Quran, Justice Khehar said: “This book says that in every Friday prayers, you say that biddat is bad and should not be practised by any means. In every Friday prayer, you say it and now you say it is part of your 1400-year-old faith.”

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