While agreeing to give urgent hearing in the Aadhaar matter, the apex court refused to modify its earlier order
The union government and state-run oil marketing companies on Tuesday failed to get any relief from the Supreme Court over the unique identification (UID) or Aadhaar number. The apex court, while agreeing to give urgent hearing in the matter refused to modify its earlier order.
On 23rd September, the Supreme Court ruled that Aadhaar is not mandatory to avail essential services from the government. While hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by retired Karnataka High Court judge Justice KS Puttaswamy and advocate Parvesh Khanna questioning the legal sanctity of Aadhaar, the apex court said, "The centre and state governments must not insist on Aadhaar from citizens before providing them essential services."
The apex court will hear the matter on 22nd October.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet clears National Identification Authority of India Bill to provide statutory status to Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and legal backing to Aadhaar.