Supreme Court upholds constitutional validity of Aadhaar, but strikes down Section 57

Supreme Court rules Aadhaar not mandatory for bank accounts, mobile numbers, school admissions

Justice Sikri struck down Section 57 which permitted private entities to avail Aadhaar data from individuals and ruled that Aadhaar authentication data can not be stored for more than six months.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to refer its 2006 verdict on benefits of quotas in job promotions for SC/ST employees to a seven-judge bench. He stated that it may be politically expedient but is constitutionally impermissible.

In 2013, an apex court bench passed an interim order stating that the UID number can not be made mandatory for gas connections, vehicle registration, scholarships, marriage registration, salaries and provident fund.

The delinking of Aadhaar from private entities is a "slap on the face of BJP", added Congress national spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi.

SIM cards: The majority opinion says "for the misuse of such SIM cards by a handful of persons, the entire population can not be subjected to intrusion into their private lives".

They received a 12-digit unique identification number after submitting biometric data. "But we agree with Justice Chandrachud that it is a fraud on the Constitution". A Twitter user pointed out that as per the verdict, Aadhaar IDs won't be essential anymore for opening bank accounts; however, it's been made essential for linking PAN and PAN is essential for the opening bank accounts.

The court has also cautioned the government that no citizen can be denied state benefits for the lack of Aadhaar.

The ruling, however, did introduce several new restrictions on how Aadhaar information could be used, including new measures preventing corporate bodies such as banks and mobile phone companies from accessing information.

The bench said attack on Aadhaar by petitioners is based on violation of rights under the Constitution, will lead to a surveillance State.

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. The verdict has also exposed the Congress, he claimed. He said, "The BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had passed the Aadhaar Act as a money bill which was wrong. because of this, data of the people are today in the hands of private players".

Over one billion Indians have already signed up for Aadhaar.

Striking down this section has upheld the fundamental right to hearing and representation before access and usage of Aadhaar data for any form of implication.

In a path-breaking ruling on 24 August, 2017, the apex court held privacy to be a fundamental right, setting stage for Aadhaar to be tested against it.

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