Published: Thu, July 13, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Merle Christensen

Constitution bench to hear Aadhaar pleas July 18

Constitution bench to hear Aadhaar pleas July 18

The bench said that that court will constitute a five-judge bench to hear on Aadhar related issues.

The Delhi government on Tuesday asked the Chief Justice of India for an early setting up of a Constitution Bench to hear its appeal on whether the Lieutenant-Governor (L-G) can unilaterally administer the Capital unfettered by the "aid and advice" of the elected government.

The question on the validity of Aadhaar scheme on the touchstone of whether privacy was fundamental right was referred to the constitution bench in October 2015. 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 hearing was then fixed for July 18 by the Chief Justice. Hence a five judge bench can not hear the matter, he also said. "You two can decide the possibility of nine judges hearing it", Justice Chelameswar, heading the three-judge bench also comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and Navin Sinha, had said.

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A vacation bench of Supreme Court refused to pass an interim order against Centre's notification making Aadhaar compulsory in order to avail social schemes and welfare benefits.

The Narendra Modi government's move to link Aadhaar with various welfare schemes has been challenged by a group of social activists.

The apex court, however, had allowed the Centre to seek Aadhaar card voluntarily from citizens for extending benefits of schemes like LPG subsidy, Jan Dhan scheme and Public Distribution System.

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