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Five-judge constitution bench to hear Aadhar petitions on July 18

The matter was mentioned before a bench comprising of Chief Justice JS Khehar and Justice DY Chandrachud this morning. Photograph: (Zee News Network)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 12, 2017, 07.52 AM (IST)

The Supreme Court of India today agreed to hear petitions challenging the Aadhaar Act, especially the concern over whether it breaches people's right to privacy.

The apex court said a five-judge constitution bench will hear the petitions.

ANI reported that the petitions are likely to be heard on July 18.

The matter was mentioned before a bench comprising of Chief Justice JS Khehar and Justice DY Chandrachud this morning.

Attorney General KK Venugopal and senior advocate Shyam Divan made an urgent mention before the bench, led by JS Khehar, for the early setting up of a Constitution bench to hear the petitions.

On June 10, the Supreme Court had ruled that from July 1 onward, every person eligible to obtain Aadhar card must quote their Aadhar number or their Aadhaar Enrolment ID number for the filing of Income Tax Returns as well as for applications for Permanent Account Number (PAN).

Also read: Govt makes Aadhaar mandatory for opening bank accounts

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