[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he 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.
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