Necessary for filing IT-returns, pan cards
The Hush Post: Regarding the validity of Aadhar card, the Supreme Court has said that private parties cannot seek Aadhar data. Nonetheless, the Aadhar card will be required for filing IT- returns and availing pan card numbers.
The Supreme Court said benefits under the Aadhaar project should be in the nature of welfare schemes. It cannot be made compulsory for services such as bank accounts, mobile connections or school admissions.
Aadhaar Card empowers marginalised sections of the society and gives them identity. It outweighs the harm, Supreme Court said.
Significantly, the court, has stated that Aadhaar is not compulsory for school admission, in banks or any other private companies. “No child shall be denied benefits for the want of Aadhaar,” the judges said.
The court also said that all data needs to be saved only for 6 months and not beyond that.
The Supreme Court has struck down section 57 of Aadhaar Act. The Act prevents the use of Aadhaar number for establishing the identity of an individual for any purpose, whether by the State or any corporate body or person. Aadhaar data is safe and cannot be breached, insisted the government and the Aadhaar authority UIDAI.
The Aadhaar verdict was announced by a 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. The bench had reserved the verdict after hearing the petitions for over 38 days starting January 17 this year.
The 12-digit Unique Identification Number was earlier made compulsory for services including bank accounts, PAN cards, cellphone services, passport and even driving licences.