How can State challenge Centre's law, asks SC

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The Supreme Court on Monday said a five-judge Constitution Bench will hear a batch of petitions which challenged the validity of the Aadhaar law on the grounds of being intrusive and violating the right to privacy.

The Apex court instead asked CM Mamta to file a plea as an individual.

The Union government will now have to submit its reply within four weeks.

Ms Banerjee last week said that she would refuse to couple her mobile phone connection with her Aadhaar, even if that meant she would lose her cellphone service.

On 25 October, the Centre had told the court that it was willing to extend the deadline for linking Aadhaar to various schemes to 31 March next year.




West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee fell short of gaining a political brownie, as Supreme Court snubbed West Bengal government on challenging Parliament's mandate. The West Bengal government challenged the provision which says that without Aadhaar, the benefits of social welfare schemes would not be extended.

Asking the court not to issue any further interim orders, Venugopal said the government was ready to argue and the court, if deemed fit, could set up a constitution bench to decide on the various Aadhaar petitions.

Earlier, final hearing in the main Aadhaar matter was necessary, contended Divan, appearing for some of the petitioners.

The Mamata Banerjee government has terminated licences of three diagnostic centres of North 24 Parganas, one of the worst dengue-affected districts in West Bengal. Article 32 can not be agitated by a State against the Centre, a technicality that the state government's counsel, senior advocate Kapil Sibal, seems to have overlooked while moving the apex court which in turn led the top court to rap Banerjee's government.

Among these challenges are those involving making Aadhaar mandatory for social welfare benefits, infringement of the right to privacy, and making Aadhaar mandatory for filing income tax returns and for obtaining and retaining a permanent account number, or PAN.

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