The Supreme Court, in its majority verdict, has made it clear that Aadhaar is here to stay. The SC upheld the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act, but struck and read down certain sections of the Act – Section 33(2), 47 & 57. Reading out the verdict a little before 11 am, Justice A K Sikri said proportionality is to be adjudged after laying down certain norms including privacy and whether there is larger public interest in the matter.
The top court gave its verdict on 27 petitions that challenged the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar card.
A five-judge constitutional bench cleared the use of Aadhaar for access to welfare schemes but struck down attempts to make it mandatory for bank accounts and mobile phone connections. For the exclusion of a “minimal” three per cent, 97 per cent cannot be denied the benefits of Aadhaar, the top court said in a majority judgement, commenting: “One can’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.”
Soon after the judgement, #ModiGiveBackMyData, #SupremeCourt, #AadhaarVerdict and #AadhaarJudgement were trending on social media. While some opposed the verdict, many supported the order.
Check out some twitter reactions:
— Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) September 26, 2018
Aadhaar is intruding into our privacy – RightToPrivacy Activists in Court.
Visa Biometric- 😄😄😄😄😄😄😄
Biometric Attendance system -😆😆😆😆#AadhaarVerdict
— Arnab Goswami (@JusticeArnabG) September 26, 2018
#AadhaarVerdict is NOT a balanced judgment. It's a HUGE loss for civil liberties. TV news anchors gloating about no mobile linking have NO IDEA what they're talking about. PAN linking makes it mandatory; allowing it as a money bill opens door to further constitutional abuse.
— Mihira Sood (@mihira_sood) September 26, 2018
— Rafale Gandhi (@RoflGandhi_) September 26, 2018
Pancard mandatory but Aadhaar is not mandatory for bank acc but Aadhaar-pan link is mandatory. #AadhaarVerdict
so in layman's terms, pic.twitter.com/oHoFTa3ggf
— Neeki (@imNeeki) September 26, 2018
So the govt has UNCONSTITUTIONALLY shared our data with private companies all this while. All our data continues to remain with them. This is not acceptable. We want our data back! #ModiGiveBackMyData
— Hasiba 🌈 (@HasibaAmin) September 26, 2018
— Bhaskar (@inclusivemind) September 26, 2018
Today Hon SC stuck down Sec 57 ensuring that private entities can no longer have access to data.
Arrogance of the govt has caused lakhs of data to be misused.
Can the govt ensure that data already provided will be protected ?
— K . Chandrakumar (@kurup62) September 26, 2018
The Modi govt ILLEGALLY gathered data of millions of Indians and gave it to private entities like PayTM, telecom companies & banks. Today the Supreme Court has struck down Section 57, ensuring private entities can no longer have access to our data.#ModiGiveBackMyData
— Pritesh Shah (@prit_inc) September 26, 2018
— Luv ™#INC 🇮🇳 (@Luv_Datta) September 26, 2018
.@narendramodi ji, We all are concerned about Swacch India & are contributing for it since NIRMAL BHARAT Abhiyaan of #ManmohanSingh ji but how I am getting these msgs when I haven't registered my number anywhere.
Stop using it for your personal advertisement.#ModiGiveBackMyData pic.twitter.com/h87phV5eRY
— Ganesh Kumar Yadav (@GaneshMPYC) September 26, 2018
— mereddy (@mereddydinesh) September 26, 2018
Please give me back my data it's not your property now, thanks to SC.
— EkKudi (@ZafraanIns) September 26, 2018
— Padma Rani INDIAN (@KPadmaRani1) September 26, 2018
— Vinay Kumar Dokania (@VinayDokania) September 26, 2018
Common sense and Logic has finally prevailed. It is the end of the game called '#Aadhar LINK KARAO' which has claimed lives equivalent to Momo/Blue Whale Challenge.
— Dr. Som Dutta (@shom_dr) September 26, 2018
Totally with supreme Court's verdict about Aadhaar Card.
I always did support to AADHAR CARD but when it comes to privacy concern , I'm supporting privacy more #AadhaarJudgment
— Uchchhas Kundu ( উচছাস কুণ্ডু ) (@uchchhas2) September 26, 2018
— Harsh Bisaria 🇮🇳 (@harshbisaria) September 26, 2018
— Samar (@Samar_Anarya) September 26, 2018
#AadhaarJudgment 1st time i am being forced to agree with INC on one count that linking Adhaar With Mobile Phones, Bank A/C , Educational / Pvt Institutions was little too far
— kunal mahajan (@mahajankunal1) September 26, 2018
What happens to those who have shared Biometrics data with Telecom companies, Banks and other private companies. Who ensures these data will not be misused and destroyed. #AadhaarJudgment #AadharVerdict
— Sujata (@Sujataspeaks) September 26, 2018
Supreme Court's #AadhaarJudgment is a major blow to the #ModiGovt as it disallows the Govt to encroach into privacy of citizens. Govt must apologise to those whose mobile and bank accounts have been forcefully and illegally linked with their #Aadhaar under pressure.
— Sanjay Nirupam (@sanjaynirupam) September 26, 2018
Noticing this for quite some time. Any verdict pronounced by SC are being tweaked in their favour/idology by the Political Parties who are involved. So either SC is killing two birds with a single stone or the verdict is not understood clearly by parties. #AadhaarJudgment
— Abhijeet Srivastava (@Abhijeet_92) September 26, 2018
— Vidyut (@Vidyut) September 26, 2018
Supreme Court 's run rate is staggering 🙏🏼 as Justice Chandrachud is batting with strike rate of more than 200 & We 🇮🇳-ans are loving the manner in which he's batting ; smashing every bowler out of the park ! #AadhaarJudgment
— Siddhant Roy (@imSidRoy) September 26, 2018
Another major blow to the BJP govt. Justice Chandrachud says that Aadhaar Act needn't have been a money bill. Through a dictatorial and undemocratic act, the BJP govt passed the Act without the Rajya Sabha debating it. #AadhaarJudgment
— Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) September 26, 2018