New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday declared the Centre’s flagship Aadhaar scheme as Constitutionally valid. It however ruled that Aadhaar cannot be mandated for opening of bank accounts, mobile connections and school admissions.
The apex court’s five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said Aadhaar is meant to help benefits reach the marginalised sections of the society and takes into account the dignity of people not only from personal but also from the community point of view.
The top court said Aadhaar is serving the much bigger public interest and Aadhaar means unique and it is better to be unique than being best. The court also said a robust data protection regime has to be brought in place as early as possible. It added that there has been minimal demographic and biometric data collected by UIDAI for Aadhaar enrolment.
The verdict was pronounced on a batch of pleas challenging the constitutional validity of Aadhaar scheme and its enabling 2016 law.