Right to privacy violated by Aadhaar?

Right to privacy violated by Aadhaar?

Right to privacy violated by Aadhaar?

The five-judge bench would examine the challenge to Aadhaar scheme with reference to 1954 decision of an eight-judge bench and 1964 decision of a six-judge bench - both holding that the right to privacy was not a fundamental right - and decide whether it required hearing by a bench of nine judges.

The Supreme Court of India has agreed to hear the Aadhaar case on July 18, i.e. the coming Tuesday.

Another Justice J Chelameswar-led bench of the court had last week advised the two sides to jointly request the CJI to take a call on the matter.

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 Constitution Bench will assemble next week for two days to decide on whether the matter needs to be referred to a larger bench.

Hence a five judge bench can not hear the matter, he also said. The petitioners contended that it amounted to violation of the provisions under right to privacy.

"If this is the kind of time you want to take then "no"".

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

Divan is appearing in Aadhaar matter since 2013, starting with appearing for former Karnataka High Court judge Justice K.S.Puttaswamy who had challenged Aadhaar's constitutional validity. The government has insisted that the project was meant to check blackmoney and ensure benefits of the social welfare schemes reach the right beneficiaries.

A batch of petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court challenging the decision to make Aadhaar mandatory.

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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