SC notice to UIDAI, Centre in plea challenging Aadhaar Ordinance

  • The petition challenged the Aadhaar Ordinance, 2019 alleging that the ordinance violate fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution
  • The petition said the Aadhaar database lacks integrity as none of the data uploaded at the time of enrollment is verified by anyone/ much less a govt official

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the Centre and the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) in a petition challenging the validity of the 2019 Aadhaar Ordinance.

The petition challenged the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019 and the Aadhaar (Pricing of Aadhaar Authentication Services) Regulations, 2019, alleging that these violate fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution.

The notice was issued by a division bench of Justices SA Bobde and BR Gavai.

The petition said “Aadhaar database lacks integrity as it has no value other than, at most the underlying documents on the basis of which the Aadhaar numbers are issued… none of the data uploaded at the time of enrollment is verified by anyone/ much less a government official."

Allowing such a database to be linked with the existing database of services poses a grave threat to national security, it added.

“These databases are themselves impermissible under the Aadhaar Act, and unconstitutional in as much as they enable private entities to store and commercialize citizens' personal data." it said.

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