Showing posts with label "Aadhar". Show all posts
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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Aadhar case hearing: Privacy embedded in all processes of human life, petitioners tell 9-judge Constitution Bench

New Delhi: A nine-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court on Wednesday commenced hearing to examine whether right to privacy is a fundamental right - a question pivotal to the challenge to the validity of the Aadhaar scheme.

The nine-judge constitution bench hearing the matter is being headed by Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar. Other members of the bench include Justices J Chelameswar, SA Bobde, RK Agrawal, Rohinton Fali Nariman, Abhay Manohar Sapre, DY Chandrachud, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and S Abdul Nazeer.

Responding to it, Centre had then emphatically assured the Supreme Court that biometrics of Aadhar cardholders were safe and had not fallen into other hands.

Through its order, the Supreme Court upheld the validity of an Income Tax Act provision making Aadhar mandatory for the allotment of permanent account number (PAN) cards and the filing of tax returns, but imposed a partial stay on its implementation until a constitution bench addresses the right to privacy issue.

A bench comprising justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan also upheld the legislative competence of Parliament in enacting Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act.

An eight-judge bench in 1954 and six-judge bench in 1962 had both ruled that there is no right to privacy.


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