Chief Justice to hear plea for Constitution bench on Aadhaar

Supreme Court

On July 7, when Aadhaar-related issues were presented before a three-judge bench, it had observed that said the final judgment should be given by a larger bench.

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.

Attorney General KK Venugopal and senior advocate Shyam Divan made an urgent mention before the bench, led by JS Khehar, for the early setting up of a Constitution bench to hear the petitions. The hearing was then fixed for July 18 by the Chief Justice. Divan, representing the petitioners, and Venugopal agreed with the court's suggestion and agreed to jointly mention the matter before the Chief Justice of India the next week. It would then be decided whether a nine judge Bench would be required to hear the matter, the court also said. I can only say that a matter can be disposed of by a nine-judge bench.

A batch of petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court challenging the decision to make Aadhaar mandatory.

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. It said about 115 crore people had already been issued Aadhaar card and by this method lakhs of fake ration cardholders had been eliminated and Rs. 56,000 crore had been saved. It, however, allowed the Centre to seek Aadhaar voluntarily for providing benefits of schemes such as LPG subsidy, Jan Dhan Yojana and Public Distribution System.

Related news: