26 September 2018
To link or not to link - Supreme Court demystifies the Aadhaar Challenge
The constitutional bench of Hon’ble Supreme Court while upholding the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Scheme, clearly demarcated the services which required linking with the scheme and those which were exempt from the same. Aadhaar would be mandatory for services such as PAN, income tax returns and availing the various welfare schemes and subsidies by the government. However section 57 had been struck down and private organisations such as telecom and e-commerce firms ensuring that the citizen’s Aadhar Data would not be required for services being offered by these entities. Although there was a dissenting judgment by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, the crux of the majority judgment was brought out when Justice Sikri remarked that “Aadhaar empowers the marginalised section of the society and gives them an identity.”