Petitioner Tells Supreme Court Aadhaar Card Is A Giant Mesh
In a hearing, Justice DY Chandrachud and Shyam Divan, a senior lawyer concluded that the Aadhaar card data is not at all safe. Shyam further stated to the five-judge Constitution bench, headed by Dipak Misra, the Chief Justice of India, that the unsafe data base of Aadhaar card may bring forth an end to the citizens’ civil rights. Dipak has come across 27 other petitions, some of them were filed back in 2012, which point out flaws of the Aadhaar program. AK Sikri, AM Kanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan are other judges in the bench.
The Digital Lenders Association of India (DLAI) has not been approved while several private companies approached the Supreme court so that the Aadhaar program continues. This application provides an advantage of real-time verification of customers. In today’s hearing, Nandan Nilekani, the executor of the Aadhaar project mentioned that the identification system used for Aadhaar registration does not compromise or exclude privacy of anyone. Also, he tweeted that empowering the lives of a billion citizens is what they are working for.
The Aadhaar cards was introduced back in 2009–2010 by the UPA in order to reduce the subsidies as well as remove duplicate entries from the national population register, inspired by BJP patriarch LK Advani’s identity card project. In 2014, when BJP-led coalition came up, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has put the population register concern on hold and prioritized Aadhaar. Modi has also made Aadhaar mandatory for new born babies and not wait until they turn 5. By doing this, the number will be accessible, which is issued with the help of an individual’s fingerprints and iris to provide a digital identity to every citizen.
The court will however find out if there can be any money bill similar to the Aadhaar law in 2016. Since it was a money bill, the Lok Sabha voted down the changes put forward by the Rajya Sabha.