Aadhaar Case Updates: Supreme Court, Mamata Banerjee & More

After the court's rap, the Bengal government has agreed to amend the plea and will file it again.

The Right to Privacy was a Fundamental Right under the Constitution, held a nine-judge Constitution bench recently. "We have already cancelled the license of three pathological labs for wrong reports", she said.Banerjee highlighted dengue death figures in other states to claim that the menace has claimed far fewer lives in her state."Gujarat is a smaller state than Bengal but as many as 435 people have lost their lives there".

The Department of Telecommunications in March this year directed all mobile phone service providers to re-verify existing customers, prepaid and postpaid, using their unique Aadhaar identity number and biometric details. "Let Mamata Banerjee come and file a petition as a citizen", reads the statement of the bench of of A.K. Sikri and Ashok Bhushan.

The Centre, however, said that the deadline extension is valid only for those who do not have their Aadhaar numbers yet and were willing to get them. 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.

The bench said that the issue of linkage of Aadhaar with mobile number will be considered at the end of the board.

Meanwhile, Mamata told media she will "obey" the apex court's directive which questioned the state government's move and said she could file a plea in individual capacity.

The larger bench would start hearing on these petitions in the last week of November this year, said a bench, comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud.

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

The court asked the Centre to file its response on the plea in four weeks.

Banerjee had previously said that the state is keeping an eye on how the diagnostic centres and pathological laboratories are handling the dengue crisis.

  • Rogelio Becker