Citizens' Issues
SC constitution bench to hear Aadhaar card petitions on October 14
The Supreme Court on Thursday said a constitution bench will hear on October 14 a batch of applications, including one by the central government seeking "clarification/modification" of its August 11 order to permit the use of Aadhaar card for availing benefits under social welfare schemes including as an identity proof.
 
The apex court in a brief notice issued on Thursday evening said the constitution bench will take up the petitions challenging the validity of the Aadhaar card scheme on the grounds that it violated the right to privacy.
 
The notice issued by the apex court said: "Take notice that the matter above mentioned (Justice K.S. Puttaswamy (retd) and others) will be listed on 14.10.2015 at 2 p.m. before the constitution bench."
 
Earlier in the day, the central government urged the apex court to constitute a constitution bench to hear its plea to allow the use of Aadhaar card for the disbursal of benefits under various social welfare schemes and also in banking and financial transactions.
 
As Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi asked the bench headed by Chief Justice H.L. Dattu to constitute a larger bench to hear their plea for "clarification/modification" of the August 11 order, the court said it was "very difficult" to constitute a larger bench for an early hearing.
 
Chief Justice Dattu said it was difficult to spare nine judges to hear the plea as it would adversely affect the working of other courts.
 
He also said he would consider the plea by Friday evening.
 
The Attorney General mentioned the matter after the bench of Justice J. Chelameswar, Justice S.A. Bobde and Justice C. Nagappan on Wednesday referred a batch of applications, by the government and other agencies, seeking use of Aadhaar card on a voluntary basis, to a larger bench as it refused to relax its August 11 interim order.
 
The apex court had restricted the use of Aadhaar card for distribution of foodgrain under PDS, supply of kerosene oil and LPG only. 
 
By its August 11 order, the court referred to a larger bench the question whether right to privacy was a fundamental right -- an issue rooted in the conflicting judgments of the apex court.
 
The order referring the matter to a larger bench had come on a batch of petitions including by the former judge of Karnataka High Court Justice K.S. Puttaswamy, who contended that the biometric data and iris scan that was being collected for the issuance of Aadhaar card violated the fundamental right to privacy of the citizens as personal data was not protected, and was vulnerable to exposure and misuse.
 
The apex court by its 1954 judgment by a bench of eight judges and later in 1964 by a bench of six judges had held that the right to privacy was not a fundamental right but from 1975 onwards, the smaller two or three judges' bench elevated the right to privacy as a fundamental right.
 
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Nifty, Sensex may struggle to rally – Thursday closing report
Nifty has to stay above 8,110 for the recent rally to sustain
 
We had mentioned in Wednesday’s closing report that Nifty, Sensex may stall and that Nifty has to close above 8,115 for the upmove to continue. Profit booking, coupled with caution over the upcoming quarterly results, subdued investor sentiment on Thursday. The major indices in the Indian stock markets were range-bound and closed with less than 1% losses.
 
 
The Indian equity markets, which had rallied for the past six consecutive sessions till Wednesday, receded following uncertainty over the upcoming Bank of England's rate hike decision expected later in the day. Analysts said the markets fell on the back of profit bookings after six consecutive days of rise and were subdued due to investors' anxiety before the release of second-quarter results. Sector-wise, healthcare, banking, capital goods, automobile and fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) stocks came under selling pressure.
 
The top gainers and top losers of the major indices are given in the table below:
 
 
The closing values of the major Asian indices are given in the table below:
 
 
Among European indices, the DAX was at 9,989.49, up 0.19% and the FTSE 100 was at 6,355.47, up 0.30%.

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Nestle India asks why fresh tests on Maggi
Nestle India on Thursday asked the apex consumer court why fresh tests were being ordered on Maggi noodles on food safety when a similar exercise has already been conducted as per directions of the Bombay High Court.
 
The matter came up before the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, which heard it for nearly three hours.
 
The bench of Justice V.K. Jain and Justice B.C. Gupta was hearing a class action suit filed against Nestle India.
 
It said the commission would hear the application again on October 15 with regard to fresh tests on Maggi samples.
 
"We are waiting for the results of the samples from three government-recommended laboratories as it was ordered by the high court. As such what is the need of parallel tests," Nestle's attorney asked about the suit filed by the consumer affairs ministry for alleged unfair trade practices by Nestle.
 
Nestle's attorney said sampling should not be done to devalue the larger bench.
 
Apprehensions about the samples being tampered with cannot be ruled out as they were not recommended either by the FSSAI officials or the consumer directly, the counsel said.
 
On the issue of monosodium glutamate (MSG), the attorney said MSG was permitted for seasoning in noodles and since the product was not meant for children below 12 months of age, mentioning "No added MSG" on the packet was not mandatory.
 
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COMMENTS

Mahesh S Bhatt

1 year ago

Sad Country India.

Volkswagen's CEO resigned within a week of Emission finding flaw in USA Volkswagen Diesel car.

Welcome to India Prahlad Khakhar AD-MAD MAN protect Nestle clients challenging our systems.

Second Government of India transfers FSSAI DG.

Media confuses by comments from unwarranted experts.

Ram Vilas Paswan/Modi silent.

Why will honesty survive in corrupt India when our systems fail us.

When Terrorists is hanged our Media raises Human Rights issues of Convict but FORGETS HUMAN WHO LOST THEIR RIGHTS TO LIVE BY TERROR ATTACKS.

LETS CHANGE.

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