Supreme Court Stalls UID Program, Sends Petition to Constitution Bench
PERSONAL PRIVACY—INDIASeptember 26, 2013
The Supreme Court of India has issued an interim order sending writ petitions on the UID Aadhaar project to a Constitution Bench, reports The Hindu. The order brings up two main points; the challenge of offering cards to the poor and homeless without offering them to immigrants who aren’t legal residents, and questions about the delivery of benefits based on the card. “Until then no person should suffer for not getting the Aadhaar card in spite of the authority making it mandatory, since government says it is voluntary,” said the two-judge panel. Justice K.S. Puttaswamy, a retired judge of the Karnataka High Court, and other petitioners claim the program violates their right to privacy under Article 21 of the Constitution.