Aadhaar: SC Refuses to Modify Order

In a jolt to the Centre, the Supreme Court on Wednesday (October 7) refused to modify its interim order and allow bodies like RBI and SEBI and some states to allow voluntary use of Aadhaar card for welfare schemes other than the public distribution system (PDS) and LPG schemes. A bench headed by Justice J Chelameswar, which had already referred the batch of pleas challenging the Aadhaar scheme on the question of right to privacy, made it clear that all applications seeking “modification, clarification and relaxation” of its August 11 interim order will be heard by the constitution bench itself. “We are of the opinion that it is better that these applications for modification are also heard by a larger bench,” the three-judge bench, which also comprised Justices S A Bobde and C Nagappan, said. On August 11, the apex court had said that Aadhaar card will remain optional for availing welfare schemes of the government and the authorities will not use it for the purposes other than PDS and LPG distribution system.
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