The Supreme Court on Wednesday said a five-judge Constitution bench will hear all issues related to Aadhaar.

The next hearing in this matter will be held on July 18 and 19.

The matter was mentioned before a bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud which said that its five-judge Constitution Bench will hear Aadhaar-related matters.

Attorney General K K Venugopal and senior advocate Shyam Divan, appearing for petitioners who have challenged government's move to make Aadhaar mandatory for various public welfare schemes, jointly mentioned the matter before the bench and requested that there should be an early hearing by the Constitution Bench in the matter.

According to reports, the top court had on July 7 said that all issues arising out of Aadhaar should be finally decided by a constitution bench.

A three-judge bench, headed by Justice J Chelameswar, asked the parties to urge the Chief Justice of India to set up a constitution bench to decide the issues relating to Aadhaar.

According to reports, on June 27, a vacation bench of the apex court refused to pass an interim order against the Centre’s notification making Aadhaar mandatory for availing the benefits of social welfare schemes, with the government assuring it that no one would be deprived for want of this identification.

The court had observed that no interim order could be passed merely on the “apprehension” raised by the petitioners that somebody might be deprived of the benefits under the various social welfare schemes due to lack of Aadhaar, especially when no such affected person has come before it.

The apex court was hearing three separate petitions challenging government’s notification making Aadhaar mandatory for availing benefits of social welfare schemes.

The court had passed a slew of orders asking the government and its agencies not to make Aadhaar mandatory for extending benefits of their welfare schemes.

(With inputs from agencies)