Supreme Court agrees to grant hearing on plea against making Aadhaar mandatory for govt schemes

12 May 2017, 01:25 PM
Supreme Court of India (File photo)
Supreme Court of India (File photo)

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to grant urgent hearing on a plea challenging government notification to make Aadhaar mandatory to avail various government schemes.

The five-member constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar agreed to the arguments of senior advocate Shyam Divan that the Aadhaar matter is very important and needed to be heard on an urgent basis.

"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 said.

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First Published: Friday, May 12, 2017 01:19 PM
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