Aadhaar Card Privacy Issue: SC Sets Up 9-Judge Constitution Bench To Hear Pleas

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| July 18 , 2017 , 15:24 IST

The supreme court has set up a 9 judge bench to examine to see whether the right to privacy is a fundamental right under the Constitution.

This decision came when they were hearing petitions on linking on Aadhar and PAN.

Earlier the supreme court had agreed to set up a 5 judge bench comprising Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar, and Justices D.Y. Chandrachud, J. Chelameswar, S.A. Bobde and Abdul Nazeer, will examine a plethora of issues arising out of the Centre’s 12-digit biometric identification number.

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An 8-judge bench in 1954 and a 6-judge bench in 1962 had ruled that right to privacy is not a fundamental right. The Centre relied on these two verdicts and had taken a stand that no PIL could be filed to challenge the validity of Aadhaar on the ground of violation of fundamental rights.

“Right to privacy is a very, very important issue. It is essential to decide whether there is the fundamental right to privacy,” said the CJI.

The bench will sit on Wednesday and is likely to conclude the hearing in a day. Once the nine-judge bench decides the sanctity of the right to privacy, the case will come back to the five-judge bench to examine petitioners' allegation that Aadhaar breaches right to privacy.