SC to deliver verdict on constitutional validity of Aadhaar tomorrow

Minnie Murray
September 26, 2018

The government went to the Supreme Court previous year to argue that Indians did not have a fundamental right to privacy - a case linked to Aadhaar that it lost. "This is an endorsement of the UPA's vision for Aadhaar and a rejection of the NDA's clumsy attempt to gather meta data on its citizens without any rationale", said a statement issued by Congress leaders Ashok Gehlot, Kapil Sibal, and Randeep Singh Surjewala.

"Slap on the face of BJP".

■ SC says it is not mandatory to link Aadhaar with bank accounts. "Says it's unconstitutional. All plans to monetise biometric data now fail", he tweeted.

"If the information of a person's personal information is sought to be released, he or she shall have an opportunity to be heard".

Retired Justice KS Puttaswamy, one of the first to question the legality of Aadhaar, on Wednesday welcomed the landmark Supreme Court judgement upholding its validity but restricting it to disbursement of social benefits.

Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Sambit Patra said the judgment was a "big victory" for the Narendra Modi-led government, according to ET Now.

It was also pitched as a transparent way to ensure that government handouts of food, fuel and other essentials to India's poorest would not be siphoned off by corrupt middlemen, a huge problem in the vast country of 1.25bn. The apex court also said that it empowers the marginalized sections of the society.

■ SC says CBSE, NEET, UGC can not make Aadhaar mandatory.

■ The constitution bench strikes down the National security exception under the Aadhaar Act.

The court ruled that UIDAI can't retain data (biometrics) beyond six months. A majority verdict by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A K Sikri and A M Khanwilkar declared the Centre's flagship Aadhaar scheme constitutionally valid but struck down some of its provisions, including its linking with bank accounts, mobile phones and school admissions.

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