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Aadhar: SC forms a constitutional bench to hear petitions against Union Government



Supreme Court to form a constitutional bench to hear petitions against Union Government's decision on Aadhar enabled government services

The Supreme Court has decided to form a constitutional bench to hear petitions against Union Government’s decision to make Aadhaar mandatory for availing various services and government welfare schemes on 30 October 2017.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justices A M Khanwilkar, and D Y Chandrachud announced that a larger bench would be formed to hear these petitions.

A nine-judge Constitution bench held On 24 August 2017 that the Right of Privacy was a Fundamental Right under the Constitution. Petitioners challenged the validity of Aadhaar raising the issue that the scheme violates rights of privacy.

The petitioners termed the linking of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) number with bank accounts and mobile numbers as illegal and unconstitutional.

Petitioners objected to the Central Board of Secondary Education’s (CBSE) move to make Aadhar compulsory for students to appear for exams they also argued that the Union Government cannot compel citizens to link their Aadhaar with either bank accounts or mobile numbers


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