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SC bench recuses itself from hearing plea against Aadhaar

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The Supreme vacation bench on Wednesday recused from hearing a challenging several notifications making the card mandatory for availing benefits under schemes including mid-day meal and disability pension.

The bench of Justice L. Nageswara Rao and Justice Navin Sinha recused from hearing the by Shanta Sinha and Kalyani Sen Menon citing that Justice Nageswara Rao had appeared for the in the matter when he was Additional Solicitor General.

Recusing from hearing the matter, the vacation bench said that the matter would be listed before an appropriate bench.

A constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar had on May 12 asked the petitioners to go to the vacation bench on May 17 after senior counsel Shyam Divan urged the to hold an early hearing of the plea.

Sinha and Menon have contended that though under the Act, possessing it was voluntary but the by a series of 17 notifications starting from February and as late as on May 12, issued several orders making it mandatory.

Sinha was the first Chairperson of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights and a Magsaysay award recipient while Menon is a feminist researcher.



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First Published: Wed, May 17 2017. 20:14 IST