Court To Hear All Aadhar Related Matters On July 18

Ken Copeland
July 13, 2017

They claimed that Aadhaar compromised with their right to privacy as it mandated people to part with body details, including iris and biometrics.

The hearing for the same has been dated for July 18 and 19.

Attorney General of India, K K Venugopal told the Bench headed by Chief Justice of India J S Khehar that that matter must be referred to a nine judge bench. This is the first time that the Centre has formally joined the petitioner's side to mention for an early hearing by a larger Bench.

The Aadhaar scheme was challenged when it had been made mandatory under an executive order. On October 7, 2015, the three-judge Bench, referred to a Constitution Bench, the question whether by enrolling for Aadhaar to access government welfare services, a person can voluntarily cast off his right to privacy.

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A bench of Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said on Wednesday the five-judge bench would hear the matter for two days.

It had also asked the Centre and those opposing Aadhaar to approach the CJI for setting up of a Constitution Bench. The Supreme Court had refused to stay the HC judgment. "You two can decide the possibility of nine judges hearing it", Justice Chelameswar, heading the three-judge bench also comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and Navin Sinha, had said. He explained that an 8 judge Bench of the SC had earlier ruled that right to privacy is not a fundamental right.

Petitions have been field in the apex court challenging several government notifications mandating Aadhaar for availing benefits under various social welfare schemes.

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