Sat. Jan 23rd, 2021

Matter relating to Aadhaar card referred to larger bench

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Supreme
Court: Sitting on the matter relating to the
ambitious “Aadhaar Card” scheme propounded by the Government of India under the
said scheme the Government of India is collecting and compiling both the
demographic and biometric data of the residents of this country to be used for
various purposes, the bench of 3 judge bench of J. Chelameswar, S.A. Bobde and
C. Nagappan, JJ referred the matter to a 5-judge bench. However, the Court said
that till the matter is finally decided by the larger bench, it will not be mandatory
for a citizen to obtain Aadhaar Card and also, production of an Aadhaar card
will not be condition for obtaining any benefits otherwise due to a citizen.

After considering the submissions made by
Mukul Rohatgi, Attorney General and KK Venugopal, the Court held that the
Unique Identification Number or the Aadhaar card will not be used by the
respondents for any purpose other than the PDS Scheme and in particular for the
purpose of distribution of foodgrains, etc. and cooking fuel, such as kerosene.
The Aadhaar card may also be used for the purpose of the LPG Distribution
Scheme. The Court further held that the information about an individual
obtained by the Unique Identification Authority of India while issuing an
Aadhaar card shall not be used for any other purpose, save as above, except as
may be directed by a Court for the purpose of criminal investigation. [Justice
K.S. Puttaswamy (Retd.) v. Union of India, decided on 11.08.2015]
Source: Legal news India

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