Justice Sikri strikes down Section 57 of Aadhaar Act permitting private entities to avail Aadhaar data. The Supreme Court judgement bars mobile phone service providers and banks to seek Aadhaar authentication from customers.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court today declared Aadhaar scheme as constitutionally valid but struck down Section 57 of the Aadhaar Act that permitted private entities like telecom companies and banks to use Aadhaar data.
In the 40-page judgement read out by Justice A.K. Sikri, a five-membered constitution bench of the Supreme Court said there is nothing in the Aadhaar Act that violates right to privacy of individual.
■ Aadhaar is mandatory for filing of income tax returns (ITR) and allotment of Permanent Account Number (PAN).
■ SC says CBSE, NEET, UGC cannot make Aadhaar mandatory. The 12-digit number is also not compulsory for school admissions.