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SC to hear plea for stay on mandatory Aadhaar today

NEW DELHI: A five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra will on Thursday hear a bunch of petitions seeking stay on the government’s decision to make Aadhaar mandatory for availing benefits under various Social Welfare Schemes as well as its linkage to bank accounts and mobile phone connections.

The SC bench will also feature Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan. The petitioners have challenged the validity of Aadhaar and alleged that it violated the right to privacy. They have also raised concern over the mechanism to secure the personal data, including biometrics, of citizens taken for Aadhaar.

On December 7, the Centre had informed the SC that a notification would be issued to extend the December 31 deadline for Linking Aadhaar with bank accounts and welfare scheme benefits to March 31. However, attorney general K K Venugopal had said the February 6 deadline for linking Aadhaar with mobile phones would remain unchanged as the date was fixed by the SC.

In June, a two-judge bench headed by Justice Sikri had upheld validity of the Centre’s decision to make it mandatory for linking Aadhaar with PAN for filing of income tax returns.

Two months later, a ninejudge bench headed by then CJI J S Khehar, while ruling that right to privacy was a fundamental right and part of right to life of a citizen, had hinted at the desirability of Aadhaar for distribution of benefits under social welfare schemes to ensure that the needy got it without pilferage and misappropriation.

Source : timesofindia



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