Supreme Court to hear #Aadhaar case on July 18

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The petitioners had alleged that collection of personal details like finger prints and iris scan violated the right to privacy.

New Delhi, july12:The Supreme Court on Wednesday said a five-judge Constitution bench will hear petitions challenging the Aadhaar Act on July 18 and 19.

A bench of Chief Justice J.S. Khehar and Justices D.Y. Chandrachud agreed to set up the larger bench for hearing on July 18 on a "mention" made by attorney-general K.K. Venugopal and senior counsel Shyam Divan pleading for early listing of the matter.

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The court, in October 2015, referred the case for hearing before a Constitution Bench, but despite several reminders from the petitioners, it was pending. The Bench in their decision said every person eligible to obtain Aadhar card must quote their Aadhar number or their Aadhar Enrolment ID number for the filing of Income Tax Returns as well as for applications for Permanent Account Number (PAN). Former Karnataka High Court judge Justice K S Puttaswamy and others had challenged the legal validity of Aadhaar in 2012. "You two can decide the possibility of nine judges hearing it", Justice Chelameswar, heading the three-judge bench also comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and Navin Sinha, had said. Recently, the Centre had termed Aadhaar a "transformational home-grown IT project".

A vacation bench of Supreme Court refused to pass an interim order against Centre's notification making Aadhaar compulsory in order to avail social schemes and welfare benefits. Sinha is the former NCPCR chairperson and Magsaysay victor.