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Supreme Court's Constitution Bench to Examine Validity of Aadhaar

The hearing will begin from July 18 and will go on for two days.

Utkarsh Anand | CNN-News18

Updated:July 12, 2017, 11:15 AM IST
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Supreme Court's Constitution Bench to Examine Validity of Aadhaar
A villager goes through the process of a fingerprint scanner for the Unique Identification (UID) database system at an enrollment center (File Photo/ REUTERS)
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday said that a five-judge Constitution Bench will hear matters related to Aadhaar.

The matter was mentioned before a bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud which said that its five-judge Constitution Bench will hear Aadhaar-related matters.

Attorney General K K Venugopal and senior advocate Shyam Divan, appearing for petitioners who have challenged government's move to make Aadhaar mandatory for various public welfare schemes, jointly mentioned the matter before the bench and requested that there should be an early hearing by the Constitution Bench in the matter.

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

The Attorney General and Divan mentioned the matter before the CJI as a three-judge bench had on July 7 said that all issues arising out of Aadhaar should finally be decided by a larger bench and the CJI would take a call on the need for setting up a Constitution Bench.

Earlier, the SC upheld Central government’s amendments to the Income Tax Act that requires Aadhaar card holders to seed their UID number for filing income tax returns.


| Edited by: Puja Menon
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