A three judge bench headed by Honourable Justice Chelameswar of the Honourable Supreme Court while considering petitions questioning enforcement of Aadhar scheme clarified that Aadhar is not mandatory for claiming several facilities and benefits offered by the Government. However Court has not approved the prayer of the petitioners to stop collecting details for Aadhar. The Court also directed that private details relating to Aadhar should not be disclosed except for the purpose of criminal investigations with the approval of Court.
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Earlier the Court had issued an order directing that Aadhar should not be made a mandatory precondition to avail the necessary benefits of the Government. But there were several instances in various states which makes it mandatory.An application for taking contempt action against the Centre and Reserve Bank of India for insisting Aadhar is also pending. However as per the present Court order, Aadhar will now be optional in various facilities.
As per Centre's plea the petitions relating to Aadhar are to be referred to the Constitutional Bench of Supreme Court. The Bench will also decide whether Right to Privacy is a fundamental Right.
As the Centre has already opposed to consider Right to Privacy as a Fundamental Right, it will be interesting to see how the argument progresses regarding the fate and relevance of Aadhar before the new Bench.