Supreme Court upholds constitutional validity of Aadhaar

Updated:2 months, 2 weeks ago IST

New Delhi, Sep 26 (ANI): In a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutional validity of Aadhaar on Wednesday. A five judge bench led by the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, was hearing a clutch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of Aadhar. The bench also comprised of Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan. Justice Sikri while reading out verdict on constitutional validity of Aadhaar said, “There is a fundamental difference between Aadhaar card and identity. Once the bio-metric information is stored, it remains in the system.” Sikri added, “Aadhaar empowers the marginalised section of the society and gives them an identity, Aadhaar is also different from other ID proofs as it can't be duplicated.” The apex court said that UIDAI collect minimal demographic and biometric data of citizens for Aadhaar enrolment and Aadhaar number given to a person is unique and can't go to any other person. Justice AK Sikri asks Centre to "introduce strong data protection law as soon as possible." The apex court said that Aadhaar is not compulsory for UGC, NEET and CBSE exams. SC also ruled that Aadhaar is not needed for school admissions and for opening a bank account. Supreme Court struck down the section 57 of Aadhaar Act; as a result, private companies cannot ask for Aadhaar data and no mobile company can demand Aadhar card. Though, Aadhaar will be mandatory for PAN linking.

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