Aadhar verdict: Supreme Court upholds the validity of Aadhar

Check out the verdict of court on Aadhar validity:

The Supreme Court of India announced Aadhar’s verdict and have upheld the constitutional validity of the Aadhar document, however with modifications. The verdict was read out by a five-judge bench, led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Mishra. The SC said that Aadhaar will not be needed for getting a mobile connection, opening bank accounts, admissions in schools.

The court struck down section 57 of the Aadhaar Act, which allows any private entity to ask for unique identity document form citizen for the purpose of identification.

Meanwhile, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi tweeted that the SC verdict was a ‘slap on the face of the BJP’ and added that all the plans to monetize the biometric data now fail.

Supreme Court said: “Aadhaar empowers marginalized sections of the society and gives them an identity, which outweighs the harm”. As per SC national identity card is “constitutionally valid” in response to petitions raising a violation of privacy “One can’t throw the baby out with the bathwater,” said the judges, which asserted that private parties cannot seek Aadhaar data. The court, in a majority verdict, said Aadhaar is not compulsory for school admission.”

Overall, No, bank, cellular company, school or bank can ask for your Aadhaar.

Things you need to know about the verdict:

  • Private firms cannot ask your Aadhar information
  • You need not link your bank account with Aadhar ID
  • Schools cannot ask your child’s Aadhar details including admission
  • Aadhaar Act cannot be treated as Money Bill.
  • Aadhaar card is mandatory for PAN linking
  • No child can be denied benefits for want of Aadhaar
  • Aadhaar-bank account and mobile link struck down

The Supermen Court said: the scheme considers the dignity of people not only from personal but also community point of view. Aadhaar means unique and it is better to be unique than being best.