SC declares Aadhaar as Constitutionally valid

Supreme Court

Supreme Court

Aadhaar is mandatory for PAN card linking.

Justice Sikri pronounced the judgement for himself, Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice A M Khanwilkar.

Justice Sikri's judgment also upheld Section 139AA OF Income Tax Act.

It also said that schools could not insist on children's Aadhaar numbers to enrol students, further adding that no child could be denied state welfare benefits for the want of an Aadhaar number.

The Trinamool Congress hailed the Supreme Court judgement which struck down Section 57 of the Aadhaar Act which allowed corporate entities to access its data.

There is a fundamental difference between Aadhaar and other identity proof as Aadhaar can not be duplicated and it is a unique identification. Also, the bill does not have a proviso on the absolute right to be forgotten, and this will raise issues about the already floating around Aadhaar data even when the bill is enacted. Along with this, the SC also said that all social schemes provided in schools can not be denied to any child on the basis of no Aadhaar.

The SC verdict brings to a close the second-longest hearing for a case. The court upheld the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar and said it does not violate a person's right to privacy.

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While 'Should Aadhaar be voluntary or mandatory?' debate first sparked during the UPA-II government, it was most definitely accelerated under the current Modi Government.

Maintaining that the Prevention of Money Laundering Act Rules proceeded on the assumption that every bank account holder is a money launderer, he said the assumption that every individual who opens a bank account is a potential terrorist or a launderer was "draconian".

They say that Aadhaar would allow authorities to create a full profile of a person's spending habits, phone records, banking records, rail bookings, property ownership and a trove of other information. Noting that mobile phone has become an important feature of life and its seeding with Aadhaar posed a grave threat to privacy, liberty, autonomy, he favoured deletion of consumers' Aadhaar data by the mobile service providers.

A former Judge of the Karnakata High Court, Justice K S Puttaswamy, along with a host of other petitioners, opposed the government's move to make Aadhaar mandatory for availing social security benefits and other services. "The court has observed that minimal data is collected for the purposes of establishing identity under Aadhaar".

Now individual citizens can file complaints with the UIDAI. The key arguments of the petitioners were that the Aadhaar scheme is unconstitutional and is in violation of the fundamental right to privacy and personal body autonomy. There is no possibility of obtaining a duplicate Aadhar card, he said, adding that there is sufficient defence mechanism for authentication in the Aadhar scheme. However, between 2012 and 2015, the SC gave a number of orders and directions to the Centre pertaining to the Aadhaar issue. The verdict is brilliant by the Supreme Court and it gets my thumbs up.

The Supreme Court is likely to pronounce its verdict on a batch of petitions seeking that a seven-judge bench reconsiders the court's 2006 judgement which had put conditions for granting quota benefits in job promotions for SC/ST employees.

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