The Hush Post: The Supreme Court has directed the CBSE not to make Aadhaar card compulsory for enrolment of students appearing in NEET 2018 and other all-India examinations.
A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra on Wednesday directed the CBSE to accept alternative identification documents like ration card, passport, driving licence, bank accounts, etc.
The UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) told the apex court that it had not made it mandatory for CBSE to take Aadhaar number of students to get themselves enrolled for appearing in the NEET 2018 examination.
The apex court was hearing a plea challenging the decision of CBSE seeking mandatorily the Aadhaar number from students taking up the NEET 2018 examination. The Gujarat High Court had dismissed the plea on February 27, the appeal in the Supreme Court challenged the order of Gujarat High Court.
In Jammu and Kashmir, Meghalaya and Assam, identity proofs such as passport, voter card and ration card are allowed to be used by the CBSE for enrolling students in the examination, Attorney-General K K Venugopal informed the court.
Meanwhile, the Bench also made it clear that it will extend the March 31 deadline for linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts and mobile phone numbers.