Supreme Court Decision On Its Validity, Mandatory Linking Today

Aadhaar Case Live Updates: Supreme Court Decision On Its Validity, Mandatory Linking Today

Aadhaar case: Over one billion Indians have already signed up for Aadhaar.

New Delhi: 

Does Aadhaar violate right to privacy? A decision on the matter will be taken by five senior most judges of the Supreme Court today. The 12-digit Unique Identification Number was made compulsory for services including bank accounts, PAN cards, cellphone services, passport and even driving licenses. Over one billion Indians have already signed up for Aadhaar, set up to be a secure form of digital identification for citizens to be used for government services.

For a record 38 days, the top court heard some 27 petitions – including one by former High Court judge K S Puttaswamy – that had challenged the constitutional validity of Aadhaar and called it a violation of the right to privacy.

The Centre has defended its decision to seed Aadhaar numbers with mobile phones, saying that the law was valid and allowed minimal invasion to ensure the right to life of millions of Indians to subsidies, benefits and services to the poorest of poor. Petitioners, however, claim that the huge Aadhaar database can easily be compromised.

Here are the LIVE updates on the Aadhaar case:

The judgment will be pronounced by a Bench of Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra and Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan. 

As of now Centre has issued 139 notifications, practically touching every aspect of a citizen’s day-to-day life, making Aadhaar linking mandatory.

The Centre had defended Aadhaar on several grounds – the biggest being that it ensured proper distribution of benefits to millions and prevented siphoning of funds. Aadhaar data, government and Aadhaar authority UIADI contended, is safe and cannot be breached.

Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi had come out in defence of Aadhaar, saying it represented the march of technology and those opposing it “have lagged behind in technology — either they cannot understand or are purposely spreading lies”.

Justice (Retd) KS Puttaswamy 

  • He retired as Judge of the Karnataka High Court 
  • He is the oldest petitioner – 92 years 
  • Justice (Retd) KS Puttaswamy lives in Bangalore
  • He was born on 8 Feb 1926

Sudhir Vombatkere

  • She is a retired army officer
  • She was awarded Vishista seva medal in 1993 

Bezwada Wilson 

  • National Convenor of Safai Karamvhari Andoloan
  • She is a Raman Magsayay awardee

Professor Mrs Shantha Sinha 

Ex Chief of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights 

Dr Kalyani Menon

Activist working for the last 25 years on women’s rights 

Aruna Roy 

Former IAS Officer and Social Activist 

Nikhil Dey

Part of Masdoor Kissan Shakti Sangathan 

Mathew Thomas 

79 year old retired from Defence services 

Reetika Khera is a former IIT Professor

Jean Dreze

  • Taught in London School of Economics
  • Visiting Professor Ranchi University
  • Authored book with Amartya Sen 

Jude Terence D’souza 

  • Securities and systems specialist
  • 35 years experience in electronic and embedded systems 

Samir  Kelekar 

  • MS in computer science
  • 34 years of experience including 16 years in computer security 

Anumeha Yadav – A journalist, who has previously worked in the Hindu, Indian Express and  Tehelka 

The five-judge constitution bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.K. Sikri, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice Ashok Bhushan had reserved the verdict after hearing the petitions for over 38 days starting January 17 this year.

Who all have petitioned against Aadhaar:

The Supreme Court heard some 27 petitions that had challenged the constitutional validity of Aadhaar and called it a violation of the right to privacy. Some of the petitioners include seniors lawyers and also a former High Court judge.

Biggest lawyers in the country: 

Shyam Divan

Gopal Subramaniam

Kapil Sibal

P Chidambaram

Arvind Datar

KV Vishwanath

Anand Grover

Sajan Poovayya

Civil society: 

Former HC judge and Magsaysay awardee Shanta Sinha

Feminist researcher Kalyani Sen Menon

Social activists Aruna Roy, Nikhil De

IIT graduate Nachiket Udupa 

CPI leader Binoy Visman

For a record 38 days, the top court heard some 27 petitions – including one by former High Court judge K S Puttaswamy – that had challenged the constitutional validity of Aadhaar and called it a violation of the right to privacy.

Over one billion Indians have already signed up for Aadhaar, set up to be a secure form of digital identification for citizens to be used for government services.

 The 12-digit Unique Identification Number was made compulsory for services including bank accounts, PAN cards, cellphone services, passport and even driving licenses.

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