Tahlka News Bureau
New Delhi: Supreme Court on Friday have agreed to hear the plea on May 17 the challenging notification of the centre to make Aadhaar card mandatory for having benefits of govt schemes.
The five constitutional bench of judge headed by Chief justice JS khehar have agreed to the contention of senior advocate Shyam Divan that the Aadhaar matter is very important and needed to be heard on an urgent basis.
As justice Khehar is hearing the matter of Triple talaq.
"Despite the order of this court that Aadhaar will be voluntary and not mandatory, the government has been coming out with a series of notifications making it mandatory to avail benefits of schemes like scholarships, Right to Food and mid-day meal in schools," Divan, appearing for Shanta Sinha, former chairperson of National Commission For Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), one of the petitioners in the Aadhaar matter, said.
He said a bench of two judges will hear the applications against making Aadhaar Card mandatory for various schemes.
Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar said interim matters in Aadhaar matters have been passed by the judge of five bench so it would not be appropriate to list the plea in front of two judge bench.
According, to Solicitor General the petitioner has not informed the court that after passing orders by the Supreme Court making Aadhaar voluntary, the central government has come out with a new legislation.
Several petitions, challenging the constitutional validity of Aadhaar are pending in the apex court and would be heard by a five-judge constitution Bench, which is yet to be set up by the CJI.
Earlier, the Supreme 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.
The apex court, however, had allowed the Centre to seek Aadhaar card voluntarily from citizens for extending benefits of schemes like LPG subsidy, Jan Dhan scheme and Public Distribution System etc.