Five-judge Constitution bench to hear Aadhaar pleas on Jul 18-19

Five-judge Constitution bench to hear Aadhaar pleas on Jul 18-19

The petitioners had alleged that collection of personal details like finger prints and iris scan violated the right to privacy.

The Supreme Court, on Wednesday, has agreed to hear all the issues arising out of mandating Aadhar card for income tax filing on July 18.

The scheme touched the lives of millions of people and its validity required immediate adjudication by an appropriate larger Bench, said Mr. Venugopal. 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 Supreme Court has chose to set up a 5 judge Bench to decide on whether Aadhaar violated right to privacy.

A Bench led by Justice A.K. Sikri had in February referred the appeals to the Chief Justice to constitute a Constitution Bench of the appropriate number of judges.

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While Shyam Divan stated about how the Bench headed by Justice Jasti Chelameswar had asked them to mention the matter before Chief Justice for early hearing, the Attorney General also joined the issue.

The court also took note of the fact of the enactment of the Aadhaar Act giving the scheme a statutory status.

It was argued that Aadhaar card is an invasion of privacy and a awful violation of basic human rights. The Supreme Court had refused to stay the HC judgment.

The five-judge bench will hear the concerns over privacy implications of mandating Aadhar card.

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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