Supreme Court’s significant verdict on Aadhaar’s constitutional validity has begun dripping in. The Supreme Court has sustained the Aadhaar system as constitutionally valid. However, the peak court’s five-judge constitution bench also struck down several provisions in the Aadhaar Act.
Below are some of the highlights of the court verdict:
* The Supreme Court supported the validity of Aadhaar saying satisfactory security measures are taken to protect data. A five-judge worktable led by CJI Dipak Misra asked the government to provide more security measures as well as reduce the period of storage of data.
* The Supreme Court asked the Centre to bring a vigorous law for data protection as soon as possible.
* The SC said Aadhaar cannot be made obligatory for openings of a bank account and for getting mobile connections.
* The SC said that Aadhaar must not be made necessary for school admission and the administration cannot make it mandatory.
* The SC has made combining of Aadhaar and PAN mandatory. The apex court also made Aadhaar mandatory for the filing of Income Tax Return (ITR).
* Private companies can’t ask for Aadhaar.
* The apex court hit down the provision in Aadhaar law allowing sharing of data on the ground of national security.
* Aadhaar satisfies the doctrine of proportionality, said justice Sikri, adding, “It is better to be unique than to be best.”
So, the above verdict is proposed by the Supreme Court.