The Supreme Court has previously given a clear judgment that Aadhaar ought not to be made mandatory for welfare schemes. The Chief Justice of India, J.S. Khehar believes that Aadhaar can be pressed as long as it is not a benefit, like opening a bank account on the basis of Aadhaar or for securing a permanent account number (PAN) and consequently for filing income tax return.
The government is increasingly making Aadhar mandatory for a variety of government schemes most of them pertaining to providing some benefit to the targeted group of people. And to top that, Supreme Court doesn t have time to entertain the petitions challenging Aadhaar. As there is substantial confusion on whether the Constitution guaranteed citizens a right to privacy, the case had to be placed before a larger bench.
There is still no clarity on whether the acts of government in extending the use of Aadhaar constitutes a contempt of the court s previous orders. Citizens preferring to stay on safer side have increasingly enrolled for Aadhar which can be seen in millions more submitting their biometric data.