AAP requests CJI to set up constitution bench

AAP requests CJI to set up constitution bench

Petitioners cited finger prints and iris scan among the personal details that are collected as a violation of right to privacy.

The hearing for the same has been dated for July 18 and 19.

Senior Advocate Shyam Divan, supported by Attorney General KK Venugopal, will request the Chief Justice of India JS Khehar to constitute a five-judge bench, or a larger one, to hear privacy issues connected with the Aadhaar matter.

SC was hearing three separate petitions challenging Centre's notification to make Aadhaar mandatory for social schemes.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear, on an urgent basis, all the issues arising out of Aadhaar card, especially the concern over whether it breaches the people's right to privacy. Former Karnataka High Court judge Justice K S Puttaswamy and others had challenged the legal validity of Aadhaar in 2012.

A three-judge bench presided over by Justice J Chelameswar had on July 7 told the counsel, appearing for a group of Aadhaar challengers, and Venugopal, representing the Union government, to seek setting up a larger bench to decide the main issue relating to the right to privacy. Recently, a statutory provision was upheld by the court making linking of Aadhaar with PAN mandatory. An eight-judge Bench of the court decided the Sharma case, while a six-judge bench, delivered the judgment of Kharak Singh. It would then be decided whether a nine judge Bench would be required to hear the matter, the court also said. Recently, the Centre had termed Aadhaar a "transformational home-grown IT project".