The Supreme Court, on Tuesday, refused to pass an interim order on the government’s notification making Aadhaar mandatory for using benefits of various social welfare schemes, news agency PTI reported.
A vacation bench comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and Navin Sinha said no interim order can be passed at this stage on the “mere apprehension” of petitioners that government may deprive people from availing benefits of various social welfare schemes due to lack of Aadhaar.
“No interim order can be passed in mandamus on mere apprehensions. You have to wait for one week. If somebody is deprived (of the benefits) you can point out the same to this court,” the bench told counsel for the petitioners Shyam Divan and posted the matter for further hearing on July 7.
Divan told the court that the government should be directed not to deprive any person of the benefits of social welfare schemes which he/she is enjoying now due to lack of Aadhaar.
The government also informed the apex court that the June 30 deadline has now been extended to September 30 for those who are availing benefits of social welfare schemes but don’t yet have an Aadhaar number. The court referred to its June 9 verdict and said no further observation is needed in the matter pending before it.