5-judge Constitution Bench to hear Aadhaar pleas

New Delhi, Jul 12: The Supreme Court said on Wednesday that its five-judge Constitution Bench will sit on July 18 and 19 to hear matters relating to Aadhaar, including the aspect of right to privacy. 

The Centre says that the 5 judge bench has to determine whether the issue requires to be referred to a nine judge bench. Centre told SC that a eight judges Constitution bench of the apex court had earlier ruled that right to privacy is not a fundamental right.

The matter was mentioned before a bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud which said that its five-judge Constitution Bench will hear Aadhaar-related matters.

Attorney General K K Venugopal and senior advocate Shyam Divan, appearing for petitioners who have challenged government's move to make Aadhaar mandatory for various public welfare schemes, jointly mentioned the matter before the bench and requested that there should be an early hearing by the Constitution Bench.

When Justice Khehar asked Venugopal and Divan as to whether the matter was to be heard by a seven-judgeConstitution Bench, both the parties said that it has to be heard by a five-judge bench.

Prabhakar Mishra/with inputs from PTI