Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

SC to hear plea reg aadhaar number in CBSE forms today

SC to hear plea reg aadhaar number in CBSE forms today

In 2017 December 15, the summit court had stretched out until March 31 the due date for compulsory link of Aadhaar with different services and welfare plans. The attorney-general said the CBSE had on its own volition made a decision to insist on Aadhaar cards.

In response, Attorney General K K Venugopal told the bench that his instruction was that the UIDAI had not authorised CBSE to make Aadhaar mandatory for students.

The apex court indicated that it might pass interim orders on March 14 for extending the deadline to avoid confusion.

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The court order came on a plea by a Gujarat resident who has challenged the CBSE circular mandating Aadhaar-only identity for those appearing in National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for undergraduate medical courses - MBBS and Bachelor of Dental Surgery.

Prior on February 22, former Karnataka High Court judge Justice K S Puttaswamy had told the supreme court that few deaths had allegedly occurred because of starvation by virtue of glitches in the Aadhaar-based open dissemination framework and the court must consider giving them remuneration.

"If that is the case, is the government not bound to approach this court for variation of the earlier orders?" "It is a case of contempt. Protection given by the Supreme Court is not being followed by government authorities. Even UCO bank in SC premises refused to take fixed deposit of senior advocate Shyam Divan for want of Aadhaar".

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Senior advocate Arvind Datar, who concluded his arguments against the Aadhaar Act today, said that the March 31 deadline needs to be extended, a contention which was also supported by another senior advocate K V Viswanathan saying that till the court decides the matter one way or the other, Aadhaar can't be made mandatory.

Responding to Datar, Justice A K Sikri said: "They could not have done this". He pleaded that an interim order be passed extending the deadline from March 31 to at least April 30.

In reaction to the petitioner's arguments, Attorney-General KK Venugopal told the top court that the government had extended the deadline and could do it again.

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