Published: Wed, September 26, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Supreme Court verdict on Aadhaar: Constitutionally valid, doesn’t violate privacy

Supreme Court verdict on Aadhaar: Constitutionally valid, doesn’t violate privacy

"By striking down Section 57 of the Aadhaar Act, which allowed private bodies to seek authentication, the Supreme Court has put an end to the mass surveillance exercise being carried out under the guise of Aadhaar by the central government and the grotesque distortion of an idea conceived by the UPA", Sibal said, according to ANI. "Slap on the face of BJP".

"If the information of a person's personal information is sought to be released, he or she shall have an opportunity to be heard". "Modi Govt's draconian Section 57 quashed - Bank A/c, Mobile, School, Airlines, Travel Agents, Pvt entities requiring Aaadhar Data quashed".

The scheme was rolled out under the previous Congress Party government in 2010 but grew in scope under Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept to power in 2014. Aadhaar also violates privacy rights as it can lead to profiling of voters and individuals. The verdict has also exposed the Congress, he claimed.

"The Modi government wants to give benefits directly to the poor", he added.

That is why, Patra added, the Congress had moved the apex court against it. "The Supreme Court, like the Modi government, has stood with the poor of the country".

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The top court will essentially decide on whether Aadhaar meets constitutional provisions and whether the government can continue seeking it as a mandatory identification in the name of furthering its welfare goals.

"After holistic consideration, my opinion is that the majority judgement on the validity of Aadhaar Act is correct though I have not read the whole judgement yet", the 92-year-old retired Karnataka high court judge told the media here.

The court ruled that UIDAI can't retain data (biometrics) beyond six months.

■ The constitution bench strikes down the National security exception under the Aadhaar Act. Schools can not insist on Aadhaar enrolment for children which was deemed unconstitutional.

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