Constitution bench to hear petitions on Aadhaar from July 17

Supreme Court to hear #Aadhaar case on July 18

SC sets up 5 judge Bench to decide if Aadhaar violated right to privacy

The SC said the Constitution Bench will sit on July 18 and 19 to hear matters related to Aadhaar. It had also declined to stop functioning of a three-member panel set up by the then LG, Najeeb Jung, to scrutinize 400-odd files relating to decisions taken by the AAP government without his concurrence.

The Supreme Court, on Wednesday, has agreed to hear all the issues arising out of mandating Aadhar card for income tax filing on July 18.

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The matter was mentioned before a bench comprising of Chief Justice JS Khehar and Justice DY Chandrachud this morning.

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. Hence a five judge bench can not hear the matter, he also said.

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The bench had said it will depend upon the Chief Justice of India to decide whether the matter can be examined by a bench of seven or nine judges.

It had in turn passed several orders directing the government to not make Aadhaar mandatory to an extent that it affects social welfare schemes. 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.

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Earlier, the apex court had passed a slew of orders asking the government and its agencies not to make Aadhaar mandatory for extending benefits of their welfare schemes. 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.

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