Aadhaar case Highlights: SC says 5-judge constitution bench will hear matter in last week of NovemberUpdated: Oct 30, 2017 23:45 IST
The Supreme Court said on Monday it will set up a five-judge constitution bench in the last week of November to hear pleas against the government’s decision to make Aadhaar mandatory for social benefits.
The apex court earlier pulled up the Mamata Banerjee government for filing a plea challenging the Centre’s move to make Aadhaar mandatory for availing benefits of social welfare schemes, saying it was against the federal structure.
The top court asked how a state can challenge the mandate of Parliament and said the West Bengal Chief Minister could file the plea as an individual.
Here are the highlights:
2.26pm: The government denies allegations of misuse of Aadhaar. It has filed a 100-page affidavit to justify linking the unique ID to social welfare schemes.
2.19pm: The government has not give any undertaking on extending the deadline for Aadhaar card holders to link the unique ID with social welfare schemes.
2.18pm: The Supreme Court will hear petitions against Aadhaar in last week of November. The Chief Justice of India says he will set up a Constitution bench then.
11.06am: The Supreme Court issues notice to Centre on separate plea challenging linking of mobile phone numbers with Aadhaar; seeks reply within four weeks.
11.06am: We know it is a matter that needs consideration but you satisfy us how state can challenge it: Supreme Court to West Bengal. The SC asks West Bengal CM Banerjee to file the petition in individual capacity, according to ANI.
11.08am: The Supreme Court questions the West Bengal government for filing a plea against the Centre’s decision to make Aadhaar mandatory for availing benefits of welfare schemes.“Tomorrow the Centre can challenge a law passed by the state.”
11.09am: In a federal structure, how can a state file plea challenging Parliament’s mandate, the Supreme Court asks West Bengal.
11.25am: On West Bengal’s please, the SC says: ”There is no doubt it (Aadhaar) needs examination but the prayer can’t be entertained”.