5-judge SC bench will hear Aad­haar

Hear­ing to be­gin on all mat­ters in last week of Nov

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pe­ti­tion­ers chal­leng­ing Aad­haar, sought an in­terim stay on the link­ing of the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion num­ber to bank ac­counts and mo­bile phones. Venu­gopal op­posed the plea and sub­mit­ted that the Cen­tral gov­ern­ment was ready to ar­gue its case.

The gov­ern­ment’s top law of­fi­cer said that sev­eral false­hoods on Aad­haar were be­ing spread. Two benches are hear­ing at least three Aad­haar cases.

Re­cently, a nine-judge Con­sti­tu­tion bench had held that the Right to Pri­vacy was a Fun­da­men­tal Right un­der the Con­sti­tu­tion. Sev­eral pe­ti­tion­ers chal­leng­ing the va-

lid­ity of Aad­haar had raised the is­sue that the scheme was vi­ola­tive of pri­vacy rights.

On Wed­nes­day, the Cen­tral gov­ern­ment pro­posed ex­tend­ing the dead­line for manda­tory link­ing of Aad­haar with bank ac­counts, PAN cards and mo­bile phones from De­cem­ber 31, 2017, to March 31, 2018, but only to those who are “will­ing to en­roll for the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion num­ber.

In what comes as a tem­po­rary vic­tory for res­i­dents of Mal­abar Hill, who have been ve­he­mently op­pos­ing the Mum­bai Fire Bri­gade’s move of park­ing a fire ten­der in­side Priyadarshini Park on Na­pean Sea Road and its plans of set­ting up a fire sta­tion there, the civic body on Mon­day vol­un­teered to re­move the fire en­gine and tem­po­rary struc­tures con­structed in­side the park. This was af­ter the Bom­bay High Court came down heav­ily on the Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) for not com­ply­ing with an ear­lier or­der di­rect­ing that sta­tus quo be main­tained.

The Mal­abar Hill Cit­i­zens’s Fo­rum has not only been fight­ing a le­gal bat­tle against the pro­posed fire sta­tion at the park, but also be­gan a sig­na­ture cam­paign and man­aged to gar­ner sup­port of at least 17,500 cit­i­zens. 24, is an adult, her con­sent is “prime” and she will be heard in an open court at 3 pm on Novem­ber 27 to know whether she con­verted to Is­lam and mar­ried a Mus­lim by choice or she was com­pelled, the Supreme Court said on Mon­day. The court over­ruled vo­cif­er­ous ob­jec­tions by the Na­tional In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency (NIA), which is prob­ing Ker­ala’s “love ji­had” case, and the woman’s fa­ther.

The homeo­pathic doc­tor’s mar­riage had been an­nulled in May by the Ker­ala High Court on her re­tired mil­i­tary man fa­ther Ashokan KM’s ap­peal af­ter Akhila Ashokan con­verted to Is­lam and mar­ried Shafin Ja­han in De­cem­ber 2016. Her fa­ther had said the mar­riage was a form of re­cruit­ment by ISIS and she was to be sent to Syria.

Her hus­band has chal-

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