Emphasising the significance of an individual’s privacy, the Supreme Court said on Tuesday that it is “wrong” to assume and argue that a poor cannot have the right to privacy and that he would be always willing to give it up for availing social benefits, including those being offered through Aadhaar.
“The argument is that most people who are illiterate do not know what they are parting with (in registering for Aadhaar)… to say that somebody who is poor cannot have the right to privacy is wrong,” said a bench led by Justice J Chelameswar.
The bench is hearing a batch of pleas by Unique Identification Authority of India, Reserve Bank of India and various regulators from the fields of securities, insurance, telecom, and pension, which want a relaxation of the August 11 order restricting the use of Aadhaar cards for PDS and LPG distribution schemes.
Pressing for a modification of the court order, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said that Aadhaar is meant for targeted delivery of services to the poor people and stalling it on the pretext of right to privacy would tantamount to depriving them of various benefits.
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