Supreme Court reserves its verdict on Aadhaar validity
New Delhi: The Supreme Court had reserved the verdict on the petitions filed by challenging the constitutionality of the law created for its implementation of Aadhaar. A total of 31 petitions were filed before the Constitution Bench of CJI Justice Mishra, a petition filed by former High Court Judge KS Puduvaswamy. A total of 38 days in the four and a half months of the petition was heard by the bench. This is the case that has long been examined by historian Kesavananda Bharti in 1973.
Senior counsel Gopala Subramaniam on behalf of the petitioner before the bench said “Aadhar law is not a medium to provide services. It’s just a recognition. Section 7 of the Aadhaar Act does not guarantee respect and freedom. The main purpose of this law is certification. The law says that services can be denied if they fail in the certification. Aadhaar has allowed private individuals to get information and there is no security for this law.
The bench said that it is necessary to regulate the law like Aadhaar. According to another senior lawyer, Arvind Datar, the need for mutual funds, insurance policies, credit cards and other items is not only limited to banks. Senior advocates Kapil Sibal, P. Chidambaram, Shyam Diwan, CV Vishwanath, Anand Grover and Sajan Puvuvya were appearing for the advocates in the case.
Raman Magsay awardee Samanta Sinha, Social activists Aruna Roy, Nikhil Day, Nachiket Udupa and others filed petitions against Aadhaar. Advocate General Venugopal, additional Solicitor General Tushar, Lawyer Rakesh Dwivedi and Jayant Bhushan argued that the central government, the Aadhaar Authority (UIDAI), Maharashtra and Gujarat governments and RBI have argued in favor of Aadhaar.