Aadhaar Case Updates: Supreme Court, Mamata Banerjee & More

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The court had declined to entertain its petition challenging the Centre's decision to make Aadhaar mandatory for availing benefits of numerous government welfare schemes.

Supreme Court on Monday declined West Bengal counsel's plea challenging Centre's decision to make Aadhar Mandatory. Trinamool Congress MLA Mahua Moitra will now file a petition in the court, in an individual capacity, challenging the mandatory linking of Aadhaar for social schemes.

The Union government will now have to submit its reply within four weeks. "I will not link my Aadhaar number with my mobile even if my connection is snapped", she said at a party meeting.

The West Bengal government which filed the plea challenging the linking of Aadhaar with a phone number would now amend it and would re-file the same.

Aadhaar is being challenged in the court amid apprehensions that it violated right to privacy - which a nine-judge bench had already declared as a fundamental right - with the use of biometric details like fingerprints and iris scans.

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The larger bench would start hearing on these petitions in the last week of November this year, said a bench, comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud.

The Centre, however, said that the deadline extension is valid only for those who do not have their Aadhaar numbers yet and were willing to get them.

However, Mr. Venugopal had agreed to take instructions on certain issues on Aadhaar after which the court had asked him to mention the matter again on October 30, notes The Hindu.

Venugopal also told the court that falsehoods had being propagated against Aadhaar, including how linking it was a must for CBSE students to appear in Class 10 and 12 exams. However, the final hearing in the main Aadhaar matter, is pending before the apex court.

A two-judge bench, headed by justice A.K.Sikri, pulled up the state government and said that it should limit the scope of challenge to a specific issue that needs to be addressed. "Let Mamata Bannerjee come and file a petition as a citizen", a Bench of A.K. Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said.