Constitution bench to hear Aadhaar pleas July 18

Supreme Court to hear #Aadhaar case on July 18

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

A five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court will sit next week to examine a plethora of issues arising out of the Aadhaar identification system, including whether the unique identity number invades the right to privacy.

The court, in October 2015, referred the case for hearing before a Constitution Bench, but despite several reminders from the petitioners, it was pending.

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

Supreme Court to hear #Aadhaar case on July 18
Five-Judge Constitution Bench To Hear Aadhaar Petitions On July 18,19 : SC

The Delhi government on Tuesday asked the Chief Justice of India for an early setting up of a Constitution Bench to hear its appeal on whether the Lieutenant-Governor (L-G) can unilaterally administer the Capital unfettered by the "aid and advice" of the elected government.

The bench, the members of which will be known soon, will consider if the mandatory nature of the scheme is an infringement on a citizen's right to privacy. The petitioners contended that it amounted to violation of the provisions under right to privacy. "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.

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. Recently, the Centre had termed Aadhaar a "transformational home-grown IT project".

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