Con­sti­tu­tion Bench to Hear Aad­haar Pleas in End-Nov

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - Sa­man­waya.Rau­tray @times­group.com

New Delhi: A five-judge con­sti­tu­tion bench of the Supreme Court will hear in end-Novem­ber a slew of pe­ti­tions chal­leng­ing the le­gal va­lid­ity of the Aad­haar Act af­ter the Cen­tral gov­ern­ment re­fused to ex­tend the De­cem­ber 31 dead­line for link­ing Aad­haar with bank ac­counts, PAN and mo­bile phones. The gover nment had ear­lier agreed to ex­tend the dead­line to March 31, 2018, for all those who had not got Aad­haar but were will­ing to get one.

At the top court’s in­sis­tence, the at­tor­ney gen­eral had gone back to the gov­ern­ment for in­struc­tions on whether it would hold off tak­ing any co­er­cive steps till the court took a call on the con­sti­tu­tional va­lid­ity of the scheme. To­day, the AG re­fused to hold out any such as­sur­ance. In­stead, he urged the court to de­cide the case as early as pos­si­ble. As many as 100 gov­ern­ment no­ti­fi­ca­tions on Aad­haar were un­der chal­lenge, he said. He charged that many false­hoods were be­ing spread about Aad­haar, in­clud­ing how it was a must for CBSE students to ap­pear in their Class 10 and 12 ex­am­i­na­tions.

Se­nior ad­vo­cates Shyam Di­van, Kapil Sibal and Gopal Subra­ma­nium urged the court to stay all no­ti­fi­ca­tions mak­ing Aad­haar manda­tory. The AG, how­ever, op­posed any move to stay the no­ti­fi­ca­tions.

A three-judge bench, com­pris­ing CJI Di­pak Misra and Jus­tices AM Khan­wilkar and DY Chan­drachud, has de­cided to have the hear­ing on the le­gal­ity of Aad­haar post the right to pri­vacy rul­ing in Novem­ber.

Fresh pe­ti­tions af­ter the pri­vacy rul­ing con­tend the col­lec­tion of bio­met­rics with­out any data pro­tec­tion regime vi­o­lated the pri­vacy of cit­i­zens.

As many as 100 gov­ern­ment no­ti­fi­ca­tions on Aad­haar have been chal­lenged

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