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Supreme Court to hear plea challenging constitutional validity of Aadhaar Act today

The matter was mentioned before a bench headed by Justice J Chelameswar and the counsel representing the petitioner sought an urgent hearing, saying similar pleas were already listed for hearing before the apex court.

Edited by: Agencies, New Delhi [ Updated: November 03, 2017 11:14 IST ]
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The Supreme Court will today hear a petition challenging the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act.

The matter was mentioned before a bench headed by Justice J Chelameswar and the counsel representing the petitioner sought an urgent hearing, saying similar pleas were already listed for hearing before the apex court.

Earlier, a batch of petitions challenging the Centre's move to make Aadhaar card mandatory for availing various services and benefits of government welfare schemes have been filed in the apex court. The petitions challenged the validity of the Aadhaar law on the grounds of being intrusive and violating the right to privacy.

Karnataka-based Mathew Thomas has moved the apex court challenging the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act claiming that it infringes upon the Right to Privacy and the biometric mechanism was not working properly.

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On October 30, a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra had said that a Constitution bench would be constituted and Aadhaar-related matters would come up for hearing before it in the last week of November.

On October 25, the Centre had indicated to the top court that it was open to extension in the deadline to March 31 for those without the unique identification number but willing to go for it.

Some petitioners in the top court have termed the linking of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) number with bank accounts and mobile numbers as "illegal and unconstitutional".

They also objected to the CBSE's alleged move to make Aadhaar card mandatory for students appearing for examinations, a contention denied by the Centre.

One of the counsel representing the petitioners had earlier said that final hearing in the main Aadhaar matter, which is pending before the apex court, was necessary as the government "cannot compel" citizens to link their Aadhaar with either bank accounts or cell phone numbers.

 

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