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SC reserves judgement on pleas challenging Aadhaar

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today reserved its verdict on a batch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of and its enabling 2016 law.

A five-constitution bench headed by directed all the parties concerned to file their written submissions to put forth their case.

The judgement was reserved after a marathon hearing which went on for 38 days spanning four months.

A battery of lawyers including K K Venugopal, who represented the Centre and senior advocates like Kapil Sibal, P Chidambaram, Rakesh Dwivedi, Shyam Divan, Arvind Datar, had appeared for various parties.

The constitution bench also comprised Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y and

During the arguments spread over four months, the Centre had strongly defended its decision to seed numbers with mobile phones, telling the top court that it could have been hauled up for contempt if the verification of mobile users was not undertaken by it.

However, the court had said that the had misinterpreted its order and used it as a "tool" to make mandatory for mobile users.

Former Justice K S Puttaswamy and other petitioners had challenged the constitutional validity of Aadhaar.

The court had also not agreed with the government's contention that the Aadhaar law was correctly termed as a Money Bill by the as it dealt with "targeted delivery of subsidies" for which funds came from the Consolidated Fund of

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, May 10 2018. 17:10 IST
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