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Aadhaar matter: SC allows UIDAI to make PowerPoint presentation before it today, asks petitioners to prepare questionnaire

The Constitution bench is hearing a number of pleas challenging the constitutional validity of Aadhaar and its enabling Act.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: March 22, 2018 14:34 IST ]
Aadhaar matter: SC allows UIDAI to make PowerPoint
Image Source : PTI Aadhaar matter: SC allows UIDAI to make PowerPoint presentation before it today, asks petitioners to prepare questionnaire

The Supreme Court on Thursday gave consent to the CEO of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to make a PowerPoint presentation on the Aadhaar scheme before it at 2.30 pm today. 

The Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra asked the petitioners opposing the Aadhaar scheme to prepare a questionnaire after the UIDAI CEO's presentation. 

The Constitution bench is hearing a number of pleas challenging the constitutional validity of Aadhaar and its enabling Act. 

The bench had on Wednesday said there are several technical aspects related to the Aadhaar scheme. These include surveillance, data security and exclusion of certain people from receiving benefits for want of either authentication or the lack of an Aadhaar number. 

Also read | Aadhaar matter: Centre seeks SC's intervention to make powerpoint presentation by UIDAI CEO to allay people's fears

The apex court was earlier told that the collection of biometric details of citizens by the UIDAI from 2010 onwards till 2016, when the enabling Aadhaar law came into force, was "illegal" and "invalid" and the collected data deserved to be destroyed. 

The court has extended the March 31 deadline for linking of Aadhaar to avail various services and welfare schemes run by the government until it delivers its verdict on the validity of the 12-digit biometric number and its enabling law.

Also read | Aadhaar case: SC cites example of Singapore where personal info remains with the person in chip-based ID, not with govt authorities

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