Bill on protection of Aadhaar details will be ready by March: Centre to Supreme Court

A five-judge constitution bench -- headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and including Justices AM Khanwilkar, Adarsh Kumar Sikri, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan -- began hearing a bunch of petitions against the Aadhaar scheme Wednesday.  Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 23, 2018, 04.49 PM (IST)

The Centre told the apex court that the bill on the protection of Aadhaar details will be ready by March. 

The bill is being drafted by a committee of experts headed by retired Justice BN Srikrishna.

The information was released by Attorney General KK Venugopal to the bench of judges including Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AK Sikri, Justice AM Khanwilkar, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Ashok Bhushan. 

This bench of judges is hearing a petition challenging the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act as a violation of the right to privacy.

In today's hearing, petitioner counsel Shyam Divan highlighted the Aadhaar Act provisions to show that under the statue itself the demographic and biometric data of Indian citizens could be shared with private entities. 

Earlier the petitioner counsel had argued that the Aadhaar Card may cause the death of citizen's civil rights. 

The hearing will continue on Wednesday.