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Five-Judge Constitution Bench To Hear Aadhaar Petitions On July 18,19 : SC

Five-Judge Constitution Bench To Hear Aadhaar Petitions On July 18,19 : SC

"Attorney General KK Venugopal, pleading for the Centre, and Shyam Divan representing the petitioners, pressed the apex court for an early set up of the Bench on Aadhaar". The Bench in their decision said every person eligible to obtain Aadhar card must quote their Aadhar number or their Aadhar Enrolment ID number for the filing of Income Tax Returns as well as for applications for Permanent Account Number (PAN).

"If this is the kind of time you want to take then "no"". The court also indicated that the 5 judge Bench will commence hearing on the petitions from Tuesday, July 18 onwards.

Chief Justice J.S. Khehar said he would consider the urgent request made by senior advocate Gopal Subramanium for the Delhi government. Hence a five judge bench can not hear the matter, he also said.

Both Divan and Venugopal also agreed that the matter should be first heard by a Constitution Bench of 5 judges and if that Bench feels that the matter requires consideration by a larger Bench, only then a Bench of more than 5 need to be constituted.

The bench had said it will depend upon the Chief Justice of India to decide whether the matter can be examined by a bench of seven or nine judges.

A vacation bench of Supreme Court refused to pass an interim order against Centre's notification making Aadhaar compulsory in order to avail social schemes and welfare benefits. With passage of the Aadhaar Act 2016, the government, which fortified its stand by giving legal backing to the executive schemes, had claimed 115.15 crore people already embraced the "socio-political tool" to seek benefits of various schemes.

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