New Delhi: A five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court has begun the final hearing in the Aadhaar case. The bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, and consisting four other judges Justices AM Khanwilkar, Adarsh Kumar Sikri, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, is hearing the petitions challenging the validity of Aadhaar contending that it violates an individual’s fundamental right to privacy, reports ANI.
Senior Supreme Court lawyer, Shyam Divan, appearing for petitioners, told the five-judge Constitution bench that ‘Aadhaar may cause death of citizens’ civil rights. A people’s Constitution is being sought to be converted into a State’s Constitution.’
In August last year, a nine-judge 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 also claimed it violated privacy rights.