A five judge bench, will take up the batch of review petitions on June 9 which challenges the Supreme Court’s 2018 verdict, where the validity of Aadhar Scheme was held constitutional.The plea comes in response to the verdict delivered on September 26, 2018, wherein it was challenged that Aadhar Bill was wrongly certified as ‘money bill’ by the speaker of the Lok Sabha. The Apex Court by a 4:1 majority declared constitutional the 12-digit unique identity scheme & the Aadhaar Targeted Delivery of Financial & other Subsidies, Benefits & Services Act, 2016 (Aadhaar Act) while also striking down some of its provisions.In 2018 verdict, bench headed by former CJI Dipak Mishra had also held that while Aadhar will be mandatory for filing Income Tax Return (ITR) and issuing permanent allotment number (PAN) and other welfare schemes, it would not be mandatory to link Aadhar with opening of mobile connections, school admissions or bank accounts.The written submission filed by Advocate Vipin Nair states that, "It is submitted that Aadhaar failed to meet the strict standard laid out in Article 110 (1). For a legislation that has serious implications on the rights of citizens to be passed without consideration of Rajya Sabha is nothing but a fraud on the Constitution, as the minority judgement notes."The petition will be heard by a bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and L Nageswara Rao in Chambers.
By: Karman Kaur