Aadhaar Verdict: SC upholds constitutional validity; UIDAI mandatory for IT returns, not required for mobile connections

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In a landmark judgement, the Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the Constitutional validity of the Aadhaar scheme and said that nothing in Aadhaar Act that violates right to privacy of individual. 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 community point of view.

The top court said Aadhaar is serving much bigger public interest and Aadhaar means unique and it is better to be unique than being best. There are three sets of judgements being pronounced on the issue. The first of the three verdicts was pronounced by Justice AK Sikri who wrote the judgement for himself, CJI and Justice AM Khanwilkar. Justice Chandrachud and Justice A Bhushan have authored their individual judgements in the matter. The judgement pronounced by Justice Sikri is the majority verdict.

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