The Supreme Court said on Wednesday that it will resume in the Aadhaar case in the first week of November. Attorney General, KK Venugopal told the apex court that the government has extended the deadline to furnish Aadhaar to avail benefits of a range of social welfare schemes till December end.
The court has been hearing a number of petitions challenging the validity of the 12-digit biometric identification system since 2015.
Last week, a nine-judge constitution bench said that privacy is a fundamental right, subject to reasonable restrictions. “The right to privacy is protected as an intrinsic part of the right to life and personal liberty under Article 21 and as a part of the freedoms guaranteed by Part III of the Constitution,” the bench observed.
The five-judge constitution bench hearing all the Aadhaar-related issues had referred the privacy matter to a larger bench.