SENIOR CONGRESS leader Jairam Ramesh has moved the Supreme Court, challenging the decision to treat Aadhaar Bill as a money Bill. The Bill was passed during the Budget session last month after overruling amendments moved in Rajya Sabha.
Once the Lok Sabha passes a money Bill with or without amendments recommended by Rajya Sabha, it is deemed to have been passed by both the Houses.
However, Ramesh has said Aadhaar cannot be a money Bill under the constitutional provisions since the Act contains a substantial number of provisions that do not pertain to matters described as admissible under a money Bill.
He termed it a “brazen and malafide attempt to bypass the approval of Rajya Sabha, which holds an important place in the Constitutional and democratic framework of law-making”.
Pointing out that validity of Aadhaar is being considered by a Constitution Bench over issues of right to privacy, the Congress leader said “the validity of a law introduced as a Money Bill, passed only with the approval of the Lok Sabha but impacting the fundamental rights of the citizens and residents is in grave doubt”.