Press Esc to close

SC rules Aadhaar not mandatory for securing benefits

NEW DELHI, September 23, 2013, DHNS: 3:06 IST

Govt says card is purely voluntary

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that no citizen should be deprived of any benefit or service for not possessing Aadhaar card, which the Centre claimed was voluntary.

Passing an interim order, a bench of Justices B S Chauhan and S A Bobde also directed that Aadhaar card should not be issued to illegal migrants as it could be linked with certain advantages for residents of the country.

Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran and Additional Solicitor General L Nageswara Rao insisted that no interim order was required in the matter since Aadhaar was not a proof of citizenship.

They also contended that Aadhaar was purely a voluntary scheme.

The court was hearing a PIL filed by Justice K S Puttaswamy, a retired judge of the Karnataka High Court challenging the legal validity of the Aadhaar scheme.

The petition raised questions not only over the government’s authority to implement the scheme, but also highlighted the perils in the manner of its implementation, including distributing it to illegal migrants.

“You cannot give it to an illegal migrant. Do you verify the details before you issue an Aadhaar card to a person? Don’t you verify whether the person is an Indian or not? We should clarify that Aadhaar card cannot be issued to an illegal migrant. The card has its own advantages,” the bench said.

Appearing for the petitioner, senior counsel Anil Divan pointed out that the government claimed that Aadhaar was voluntary but different states had embarked upon making it compulsory for a range of formalities, including marriage registration, disbursal of salaries and provident fund, among other public services.

He also pointed out that the Bombay High Court registrar had issued a notification directing court employees to have Aadhaar card for the purposes of disbursal of employment-related benefits.

On this, the court said an interim order was required in the matter. It brushed aside the opposition by the law officers.

The bench said, “We are also saying the same thing that you said, besides asking you not to issue Aadhaar to illegal migrants.”

The court also asked the senior counsel to make categorical request if any state government decided to link transfer of a particular scheme with Aadhaar card.

Go to Top

More from this section
Most trending stories
Photo Gallery
Artists perform a folk dance during the inaugural ceremony of 48th edition of the IFFI...

Artists perform a folk dance during the inaugural ceremony of 48th edition of the IFFI...

Brides sit for a mass marriage ceremony organized for 12 Muslim couples at Mazgaon...

Brides sit for a mass marriage ceremony organized for 12 Muslim couples at Mazgaon...

Artists perform dance on the occasion of Haryana State Day...

Artists perform dance on the occasion of Haryana State Day...

A farmer pulls a cart rickshaw carrying cauliflower vegetables....

A farmer pulls a cart rickshaw carrying cauliflower vegetables....

Mohd Shami celebrats after after dismissing Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal...

Mohd Shami celebrats after after dismissing Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal...

Four lakhs of laddoos being prepared for 31st anniversary celebrations of Sai Baba Temple....

Four lakhs of laddoos being prepared for 31st anniversary celebrations of Sai Baba Temple....

Shah Rukh Khan performs during the inaugural ceremony of 48th edition of the IFFI...

Shah Rukh Khan performs during the inaugural ceremony of 48th edition of the IFFI...

Rahul Gandhi consoles Dipa, the wife of Congress leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi....

Rahul Gandhi consoles Dipa, the wife of Congress leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi....

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with her daughter Aaradhya during a charity event...

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with her daughter Aaradhya during a charity event...

Deepika Padukone with child artists at the promotion of film Padmavati...

Deepika Padukone with child artists at the promotion of film Padmavati...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.