Aadhaar is Constitutionally valid, Declares Supreme Court

NEW DELHI: Pronouncing its verdict on a batch of pleas challenging the constitutional validity of Aadhaar scheme and its enabling 2016 law,  the Supreme Court on Wednesday declared the Centre’s flagship Aadhaar scheme as Constitutionally valid.

Reading out the first of the three judgements, Justice A K Sikri said that there is sufficient defence mechanism for authentication in Aadhaar scheme. The top court said minimal demographic and biometric data of citizens are collected by UIDAI for Aadhaar enrolment.

The five-judge constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, also had Justices  AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan and Justice A K Sikri .  Justice Sikri pronounced the judgement for himself, Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice A M Khanwilkar.

There is no possibility of obtaining a duplicate Aadhaar card said the apex court. SC says nothing in Aadhaar Act that violates right to privacy of individual.

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