Aadhaar hearing on July 18-19: Constitution bench to hear challenges, including privacy

There have been a series of petitions challenging various aspects of the issue. The last of it was a plea questioning the government’s decision to link PAN cards to Aadhaar. The Supreme Court upheld the linking while exempting those who had not subscribed to Aadhaar yet.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:July 13, 2017 3:51 am
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A five-judge Supreme Court Constitution bench will hear challenges to the Aadhaar Act, 2016, on July 18 and 19. This includes whether Aadhaar violates privacy rights and the government’s decision to make the unique identity mandatory for availing benefits of social welfare schemes.

A bench of Chief Justice Of India (CJI) J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud fixed the dates after Attorney General K K Venugopal and lawyer Shyam Divan, who represents the petitioners in the case, mentioned the matter jointly on Wednesday.

Another Justice J Chelameswar-led bench of the court had last week advised the two sides to jointly request the CJI to take a call on the matter. It is the CJI’s prerogative to set up a Constitution bench.

Justice Chelameswar was part of a bench which had in August 2015 referred a batch of petitions challenging the Aadhaar project to a Constitution bench. It was felt that the petitions raised important questions of law. There have been a series of petitions challenging various aspects of the issue. The last of it was a plea questioning the government’s decision to link PAN cards to Aadhaar. The Supreme Court upheld the linking while exempting those who had not subscribed to Aadhaar yet.

Opponents of the project see it as an intrusion into privacy rights and attempts to electronically track people. The government has insisted that the project was meant to check blackmoney and ensure benefits of the social welfare schemes reach the right beneficiaries.

The Supreme Court had refused to pass an interim order against the Centre’s notification making Aadhaar mandatory for availing benefits of social welfare schemes on June 27. In 2015, the court had asked the government not to make identity mandatory for availing benefits of social welfare schemes. The Aadhaar Act had not been promulgated then.

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    MIGHTY BOMBER
    Jul 13, 2017 at 10:39 pm
    If court decides against government at centre, then, government will make a new law about AADHAR, present it as money bill in Parliament disallowing Rajya Sabha to vote and have its way in doing what it wants. When people vote for a party that only wants to extract everything from ordinary citizen without giving them anything, we cannot expect anything else.
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      TheMilk Man
      Jul 13, 2017 at 9:29 pm
      VILLAGERS ARE BEING TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF BY MODI, BJP, CONGRESS, ELite Billionaire NILEKANI who has become UIDAI Authority. This is SHAME for us Indians who voted for Modi in 2014. Because Modi has U-Turned almost every promise - implementing all Congress Schemes including the Aadhar TREASON. INDIA'S GREATEST WEAKNESS IS CHAMCHAGIRI / SYCOPHANCY OF POLITICIANS: If Modi, Nehru family Other Politicians are Made into Gods - continuously Praising them Needlessly - ignoring their INCOMPETENCE - Not PUTTING PRESSURE on these Politicians - then India will Pay Heavy Price like SLAVERY to Another Foreign power. India was only defeated by Politician Traitors from with in. Learn From History.
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        TheMilk Man
        Jul 13, 2017 at 9:27 pm
        INDIA IS FACING GRAVE THREATS FROM EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES ELITE BILLIONAIRE WITH HUNGER TO LOOT THE PEOPLE: The Chief Threat to India is Technology Based SLAVERY like Aadhar SLAVERY System that Links all Life Transactions of 1.2 Billion Indians to a Control Switch which can be used by Politicians to Switch OFF all Linked Life Transactions by simply Suspending your Aadhar with OUT Court Order ZERO Liability. This is basically SLAVERY to Politicians - No one can Question their Politicians with the Risk of All of their Life Transactions being Stopped by using Aadhar. Modi was elected to put a stop to these Congress schemes in 2014.
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          TheMilk Man
          Jul 13, 2017 at 9:26 pm
          WE NEED TO DUPLICATE THE STRENGTH OF AMERICA BY CONTROLLING OUR POLITICIANS - NOT BY MAKING OUR PEOPLE CATTLE FOR POLITICIANS: America has been the juggernaut for High Quality of Life Technological Contributions to Mankind as compared to those from rest of the world - India, Europe, China, Africa, etc. Why do you think so? This is because America is a Republic. Politicians Elites are Not made gods here AKA Socialism - thus, they cannot ing up the people working towards their dreams in America. This is the reason people run TO America. The Strength of America is that it is a True Republic - Politicians are Not our Gods here. If other countries replicate this strength CONTROL their Politicians / Dogs of Politicians - the Leftists, these countries too can acquire the High Quality of Life Technological Progress of America. People will start running TO Them working towards their own Goals. When Politicians become Gods of America (Socialism) End of America
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            Samuel Jones
            Jul 13, 2017 at 9:22 pm
            SLAVERY IN ANY FORM is Treason Unacceptable 1- Nilekani (UIDAI) the Politicians are NOT liable for ANY Loss due to Aadhar 2- Nilekani (UIDAI) the Politicians can Gather all Data from your Linked Life Transactions also Sell them 3- Nilekani (UIDAI) the Politicians can Switch OFF your Linked Life Transactions by Suspending your Aadhar - No need of Court Order This Amounts to God Like Power of Nilekani (UIDAI) the Politicians to BLACKMAIL/THREATEN the Indian Citizens into Submission. Among other things China can also get or BUY access to this SLAVERY System to control Indians like CATTLE or Compete with Indian Companies.
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              Samuel Jones
              Jul 13, 2017 at 9:22 pm
              We cannot CONTROL our lives then we CANNOT control our Politicians INDIAN VILLAGERS ARE INNOCENT - They do not know about the different Threats from Emerging Technologies for India. Modi / BJP / Congress other Politicians are Manipulating these Villagers into FORCED registration of Aadhar by use of Propaganda the Unawareness of the Villagers who are busy with their own worries. Modi has FULLY Implemented ALL OF THE CONGRESS SCHEMES that he was elected to Stop in 2014. THIS BETRAYAL OF MODI TO US - Google find out more. What is now important is to Stop the AADHAR SLAVERY System avoid Nilekani (UIDAI) his Politician Partners from getting God-Like Powers over 1.2 Indian People. Through Aadhar SLAVERY System which links all Life Transactions of all the people - Politicians can simply suspend the Aadhar to kill all linked Life Transactions like Banking with OUT Court Order - Nilekani (UIDAI) are NOT Liable for any loss due to Aadhar - This is clearly a means to THREATEN the Indian
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                Samuel Jones
                Jul 13, 2017 at 9:21 pm
                AADHAR SLAVERY SYSTEM IS TOTAL TREASON by Modi who has U-Turn Backstabbed his voters in more than 8 Subjects including Aadhar IF WE WANTED CONGRESS SCHEMES - WHY ELECT MODI? U-Turns: : ironyofindia /2016/12/8-big-u-turns-that-modi-has-taken-after-coming-to-power-all-modi-bhakts-should-read/ Aadhar TREASON: : thehindu /opinion/op-ed/your-data-going-on- -soon/article4733606.ece
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                  Goyal Anandilal
                  Jul 13, 2017 at 7:23 am
                  Make Aadhar mandatory for voting and add this feature with evms.
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                    Samuel Jones
                    Jul 13, 2017 at 9:20 pm
                    Wait - you want Politicians to Control Track the Votes of 1.2 Billion Indians - if every Life Transactions of 1.2 Billion people you want Politicians to Monitor Control - then why live man - just kill yourself let politicians do whatever they want with your body. Aadhar SLAVERY System is Treason - it robs 1.2 Billion Indians of their HUMANITY. You know what HUMANITY is? Traitors like you, modi, Rahul Baba, BJP, Congress, AAP are making India weak. Aadhar TREASON: : thehindu /opinion/op-ed/your-data-going-on- -soon/article4733606.ece
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