Prime News, National, New Delhi, July 12:- 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.
The apex court has decided to constitute a five-judge bench to hear whether there is a right to privacy or not. The matter is likely to be heard next Tuesday.
The matter was mentioned before a bench comprising of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud, which said that its five-judge Constitution Bench will hear Aadhaar-related matters.
On June 10, the Supreme Court had ruled that from July 1 onward, every person eligible to obtain Aadhaar card must quote their Aadhaar number or their Aadhaar Enrolment ID number for filing of Income Tax Returns as well as for applications for Permanent Account Number (PAN).
Earlier in the month, the apex court pronounced its order on mandatory requirements of Aadhaar card for Income Tax Return (I-TR).
The Income Tax Department has stepped up its efforts to encourage people to link their PAN with Aadhaar.
-(NGB, Inputs: Agencies)