Aadhar case: SC sets up 9 judge bench

Prime News, Nation, New Delhi, July 18:- The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday constituted a 9 judge bench to examine whether right to privacy is a fundamental right under Constitution.

While hearing a petition on linking of permanent Account Number (PAN) card with Aadhar the SC decided to form the 9 judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar will start hearing from Wednesday.

The SC had agreed to set up a 5 judge bench on July 12 to deal with all Aadhar related matters after attorney general K K Venugopal and senior advocate Shyam Divan, appearing for petitioners who have challenged the government’s move to make Aadhaar mandatory for various public welfare schemes, had together mentioned the matters.

In 1954 an 8 judge bench and in 1962 6 judge bench ruled that right to privacy is not a fundamental right, citing these two verdicts the Centre taken a stand that no Public Interest Litigation (PIL) should be allowed to file challenging the validity of Aadhar on grounds of violation of fundamental rights.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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