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Constitution bench to hear Aadhaar pleas July 18

13 July 2017

Petitioners cited finger prints and iris scan among the personal details that are collected as a violation of right to privacy.

On June 10, the Supreme Court had ruled that from July 1 onward, every person eligible to obtain Aadhaar card must quote their Aadhaar number or their Aadhaar Enrolment ID number for filing of Income Tax Returns as well as for applications for Permanent Account Number (PAN).

A five-judge constitution bench will hear from July 18 the challenge to validity of the controversial Aadhaar Act on the touchstone of privacy, an issue that has been pending for two years.

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 however said that the 5 judge will have to weigh in the Aadhaar issue with the decision of the 8n judge Bench.

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The oft-made request comes on the heels of an observation made by Justice Jasti Chelameshwar, who had said that a Constitution bench should dispose of all matters arising out of the Aadhaar issue once and for all. The A-G said earlier eight-judge bench had held that right to privacy is not a fundamental right.

It was argued that Aadhaar card is an invasion of privacy and a bad violation of basic human rights.

The court has to also consider the question whether the appeals would have to be heard by an 11-judge Bench of the Supreme Court.

They contended that it violated the apex court's order of 2013 that no one can be denied benefits of any scheme due to absence of Aadhaar.

Constitution bench to hear Aadhaar pleas July 18