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Aadhaar not mandatory for banks, mobile phone connections: Supreme Court verdict

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The Supreme Court gave its much-awaited judgement on the controversial issue of Aadhaar on Wednesday, upholding its constitutional validity. The five-judge constitution bench, which is led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, delivered their verdicts on whether the mandatory linking of Aadhaar with welfare schemes, bank accounts, PAN, etc, violates the privacy of individuals or it is necessary to maintain accountability and ensure all government benefits reach the poor.

In its landmark judgement, the SC ruled that Aadhaar will not be needed for getting mobile connections, admissions in schools or opening bank accounts but maintained that it was mandatory for filing income tax returns. The SC struck down Section 57 of the Aadhaar Act, which permits any private entity to ask for the unique identity document from citizens for the purpose of identification. Previously there were several controversies and a lot of confusion on linking of the 12-digit biometric number with various government services across the country.

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