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Supreme Court to set up Constitution bench to hear appeals against Aadhaar

The Constitution bench will start hearing the pleas against Aadhaar in the final week of November.


New Delhi: A constitution bench would be arranged to get a clutch of petitions perplexing the Centre’s decision to make Aadhaar compulsory for availing numerous services and government welfare schemes, the Supreme Court stated on Monday.

A bench, including Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices D Y Chandrachud and A M Khanwilkar, stated that the larger bench would begin hearing on these petitions in the final week of November this year.

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Previously on Monday, the apex court probed the West Bengal government for trooping a plea challenging the Centre’s move to make Aadhaar compulsory for availing profits of numerous social welfare schemes while asking how a state can defy the mandate of Parliament.

It also inquired West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to file the appeal as an individual.

Newly, a nine-judge Constitution bench had seized that the Right to Privacy was a Fundamental Right beneath the Constitution. Numerous petitioners challenging the legitimacy of Aadhaar had elevated the issue that the scheme was violative of privacy privileges.

Senior advocates Shyam Divan and Gopal Subramanium, seeming for those opposing the Aadhaar scheme, had sought after a vital hearing on the petitions.

The Centre had on 25th October told the apex court that the target for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to gain the benefits of the government schemes has been prolonged till 31st March next year for those people who do not have the 12-digit biometric ID number and were eager to have it.

The petitioners had named the linking of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) number with all bank accounts and phone numbers as illegal and unauthorized and intensely objected to the CBSE’s move to make it obligatory for students to write exams.

Divan, coming for some of the petitioners, had previously contended that final hearing in the central Aadhaar matter, which is pending afore the apex court, was essential as the government “cannot compel” inhabitants to link their Aadhaar with either bank accounts or phone numbers.

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