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Soon all pleas against Aadhaar to be heard by the Constitution Bench

It also asked West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to file the plea as an individual

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Aadhaar: SC hears right to privacy case but there's much more at stake
A villager goes through the process of a fingerprint scanner for the Unique Identification (UID) database system at an enrolment centre at Merta district in Rajasthan. Photo: Reuters

A constitution bench would be set up to hear a clutch of petitions challenging the Centre's decision to make mandatory for availing various services and welfare schemes, the Supreme on Monday said.

A bench, comprising Chief Justice and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said the larger bench would commence hearing on these petitions in the last week of November this year.


Earlier on Monday, the apex questioned the for filing a plea challenging the Centre's move to make mandatory for availing benefits of various social welfare schemes while asking how a state can challenge the mandate of Parliament.

It also asked Chief Minister to file the plea as an individual.

Recently, a nine-judge Constitution bench had held that the Right of Privacy was a Fundamental Right under the Constitution. Several petitioners challenging the validity of had raised the issue that the scheme was violative of privacy rights.

Senior advocates Gopal Subramanium and Shyam Divan, appearing for those opposing the scheme, had sought an urgent hearing on the petitions.

The Centre had on October 25 told the apex that the deadline for mandatory linking of to avail the benefits of the schemes has been extended till March 31 next year for those who do not have the 12-digit biometric identification number and were willing to have it.

The petitioners had termed the linking of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) number with bank accounts and mobile numbers as illegal and unconstitutional and strongly objected to the CBSE's move to make it mandatory for students to appear for exams.

Divan, appearing for some of the petitioners, had earlier contended that final hearing in the main matter, which is pending before the apex court, was necessary as the "cannot compel" citizens to link their with either bank accounts or mobile numbers.

First Published: Tue, October 31 2017. 00:45 IST
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