Aadhaar: SC decides for urgent hearing on July 18

Supreme Court to hear #Aadhaar case on July 18

Supreme Court to hear #Aadhaar case on July 18

Petitioners cited finger prints and iris scan among the personal details that are collected as a violation of right to privacy.

ANI reported that the petitions are likely to be heard on July 18.

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 goal of obtaining Aadhaar card will violate the fundamental right to privacy.

The matter was mentioned before a bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud this morning by Attorney General K K Venugopal and senior advocate Shyam Divan who requested an early hearing by a constitution bench.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear, on an urgent basis, all the issues arising out of Aadhaar card, especially the concern over whether it breaches the people's right to privacy.

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The court also took note of the fact of the enactment of the Aadhaar Act giving the scheme a statutory status.

When Justice Khehar asked Venugopal and Divan whether the matter should be heard by a larger Constitution Bench, both the parties said it has to be first heard by a five-judge bench.

The court however said that the 5 judge will have to weigh in the Aadhaar issue with the decision of the 8n judge Bench. In 1954 and 1964, Supreme Court benches ruled that there was no fundamental right to privacy. An eight-judge Bench of the court decided the Sharma case, while a six-judge bench, delivered the judgment of Kharak Singh.

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

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