Supreme Court Verdict on Aadhaar LIVE Updates:
In a 4:1 verdict, the Supreme Court has declared the Centre's flagship Aadhaar
scheme as constitutionally valid, but with conditions. The majority verdict of the five-judge Constitution Bench has ruled that there is no need to link Aadhaar with bank accounts and mobile phones
, but held that Aadhaar could be passed as a money bill. The court further says that schools cannot insist on Aadhaar and read down Section 57 of the Aadhaar Act, barring sharing of information with corporate bodies. In a dissenting judgment, Justice DY Chandrachud says Aadhaar "in its entirety is unconstitutional" and that it couldn’t have been passed as Money Bill.
The apex court 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 judgments being pronounced on the issue.