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Aadhaar mandatory linking: SC’s constitution bench to hear case tomorrow

The Supreme Court today said that a five-judge constitution bench would hear tomorrow pleas against mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various government schemes and welfare measures.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said that the larger bench would sit at 2 PM tomorrow to take up the interlocutory applications seeking interim relief against the Centre’s decision on linking of Aadhaar with various schemes.

The Centre had last Thursday told the apex court that the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to avail various services and welfare schemes would shortly be extended till March 31 next year.

Next day Central Board of Direct Taxes announced extending the date for linking of Aadhaar with PAN till 31st of March next year.

Recently, a nine-judge constitution bench of the apex court had held that Right to Privacy was a Fundamental Right under the Constitution.

Several petitioners challenging the validity of Aadhaar had claimed it violated privacy rights.

They have termed the linking of the Aadhar number with bank accounts and mobile numbers as illegal and unconstitutional.

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