Aadhaar: SC decides for urgent hearing on July 18

Posted July 13, 2017

They claimed that Aadhaar compromised with their right to privacy as it mandated people to part with body details, including iris and biometrics. The hearings will commence on July 18.

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. This is the first time that the Centre has formally joined the petitioner's side to mention for an early hearing by a larger Bench.

When Justice Khehar asked both parties whether the matter should be referred to a seven or five-judge bench, Venugopal and Divan chose a five-judge bench, reported news agency PTI.

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Justice Chelameshwar's observation was made last week when the Aadhaar matter came up for hearing in front of the full bench in pursuance of a June 27 order delivered by a vacation bench.

It was argued that Aadhaar card is an invasion of privacy and a awful violation of basic human rights. It would then be decided whether a nine judge Bench would be required to hear the matter, the court also said. In a setback to the Arvind Kejriwal government, the Supreme Court had refused to stay the Delhi High Court's verdict declaring the LG the administrative head of Delhi. He explained that an 8 judge Bench of the SC had earlier ruled that right to privacy is not a fundamental right.

One of the petitions being heard is filed by Shanta Sinha against 17 government notifications "making Aadhaar mandatory to access welfare schemes and benefits".