Jaitley confident of Aadhaar passing 'test of constitutionality'

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In the wake of Supreme Court hearing a petition challenging the government's move to make Aadhaar mandatory, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has exuded confidence that Aadhaar would pass the "test of constitutionality".

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley

Addressing a conclave on Financial Inclusion organised by the United Nations in India, Jaitley said that Aadhaar has been an important leap forward for India, reported Deccan Herald.

The deadline for Aadhaar being mandatory would be extended to December 31, the Centre told the Supreme Court on August 30. The SC is hearing a batch of petitions challenging the decision of the government to make Aadhaar mandatory.

The Centre said that at present the deadline for making Aadhaar mandatory was September 31.

This information was given by the Centre after the petitioners had sought for an early hearing of the matter. The petitioners also quoted the recent decision of the Supreme Court which had said Right to Privacy is a fundamental right.

The Attorney General also asked the CJI to list the matter before a five judge Constitution Bench instead of a 3 judge Bench. The court while taking note of the petitioners' request agreed to post the matter for hearing in the first week of November.

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