Supreme Court to hear #Aadhaar case on July 18

Lynne Hanson
July 13, 2017

The bench, the members of which will be known soon, will consider if the mandatory nature of the scheme is an infringement on a citizen's right to privacy.

A five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court will hear from July 18 whether collection of biometric information, like fingerprints and iris, for the objective of obtaining Aadhaar card will violate the fundamental right to privacy.

Senior Advocate Shyam Divan and Attorney General for India KK Venugopal mentioned the matter today before Chief Justice JS Khehar.

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.

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

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).

They contended that the collection of biometric data and iris scan violated the fundamental right to privacy as personal data was not protected, and was vulnerable to exposure and misuse. It had added that the CJI will make a decision regarding setting up a Constitution bench. Hence a five judge bench can not hear the matter, he also said.

The apex court had, last month, refused to pass an interim order against the Centre's notification, with the government assuring it that no one would be deprived for want of this identification.

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