Supreme Court to Give Verdict on Aadhaar on Wednesday The bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra had reserved its judgement on May 1


THE Supreme Court will give its judgement on the constitutional validity of Aadhaar on Wednesday.

A five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra had reserved its verdict in May on a clutch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of Aadhaar.

The hearing, which began in January, lasted 38 days and is the second longest hearing in Supreme Court’s history. The bench had reserved its judgement on May 1.

The validity of Aadhaar has been challenged on several grounds but overall the court will decide if the Aadhaar Act meets constitutional directives and whether the government can make it mandatory to dole out its welfare schemes.

Though Aadhaar started out as a voluntary form of identification, the government has steadily made it mandatory for a host of services like getting a PAN Card, opening a bank account, filing your tax returns, getting a phone connection, getting a gas connection and for applying for birth and death certificates, among others.

The major arguments made against Aadhaar are that it violates a person’s privacy (privacy as a fundamental right was unanimously upheld by a nine-judge bench in 2017), allows for the creation of a surveillance state, denies people their rights and that there aren’t enough safeguards against the data theft and misuse of Aadhaar.

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