On July 7, when Aadhaar-related issues were presented before a three-judge bench, it had observed that said the final judgment should be given by a larger bench.
Senior Advocate Shyam Divan, supported by Attorney General KK Venugopal, will request the Chief Justice of India JS Khehar to constitute a five-judge bench, or a larger one, to hear privacy issues connected with the Aadhaar matter.
The court however said that the 5 judge will have to weigh in the Aadhaar issue with the decision of the 8n judge Bench.
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On June 10, the Supreme Court had ruled that from July 1 onward, every person eligible to obtain Aadhaar card must quote their Aadhaar number or their Aadhaar Enrolment ID number for filing of Income Tax Returns as well as for applications for Permanent Account Number (PAN). I can only say that a matter can be disposed of by a nine-judge bench.
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.
Earlier, the apex court had passed a slew of orders asking the government and its agencies not to make Aadhaar mandatory for extending benefits of their welfare schemes.
Two main grievances with the Aadhaar Act include the Centre's move to make it mandatory for social schemes and the aspect of right to privacy. It, however, allowed the Centre to seek Aadhaar voluntarily for providing benefits of schemes such as LPG subsidy, Jan Dhan Yojana and Public Distribution System.