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Aadhaar Verdict LIVE Updates: Arun Jaitley Hails 'Historic' Judgment, Says Congress Cuts 'Sorry Figure'

News18.com | September 26, 2018, 5:00 PM IST
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Aadhaar Verdict LIVE Updates: Arun Jaitley Hails 'Historic' Judgment, Says Congress Cuts 'Sorry Figure'
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley dubbed the Supreme Court verdict on Aadhaar as 'historic'.

The first of the three verdicts was pronounced by Justice A K Sikri who wrote the judgment for himself, CJI Dipak Misra and Justice AM Khanwilkar. Justice Sikri said robust data protection regime has to be brought in place as early as possible. He said attack on Aadhaar by petitioners is based on violation of rights under the Constitution, will lead to a surveillance State. He said there has been minimal demographic and biometric data collected by UIDAI for Aadhaar enrolment.

Justice Sikri said unique identification proof also empowers and gives identity to marginalised sections of society. There is no possibility of obtaining a duplicate Aadhaar card, he said, adding that there is sufficient defence mechanism for authentication in the Aadhaar scheme. The concept of human dignity has been enlarged in the judgement, he said. Justice Chandrachud and Justice A Bhushan, who are part of the bench, have written their individual opinions.

The verdict was pronounced on a batch of pleas challenging the constitutional validity of Aadhaar scheme and its enabling 2016 law. The bench had on May 10 reserved the verdict on the matter after a marathon hearing that went on for 38 days, spanning four-and-half months.

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