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Aadhaar judgement good, balanced, reasonable: Advocates

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Advocates who argued in the case and those who keenly watched the proceedings termed the Supreme Court's Wednesday judgement as "good", "balanced" and "reasonable".

Senior advocates Rakesh Dwivedi, Arvind Dattar, K V Vishwanathan and Sajan Poovayya, who argued either for or against the scheme, expressed satisfaction over the verdict of the Supreme Court, which cleared the Centre's flagship programme with checks and balances.

Former Soli Sorabjee, who had not appeared for any party in the matter, dubbed the judgement as good and also came out with special praise for the lone dissenting D Y for his concern on the right to privacy.

"I think on the whole it is a good judgement. Though personally, I am happy with Justice Chandrachud's judgement striking it down on the ground that it bothers the right to privacy. This kind of provision has to be on an experimental basis.

"Later on, there may be more amendments or changes can be made, but the citizen's concern has been largely met by the majority by imposing certain limitation and conditions. Justice Chandrachud's concerns about the intrusion of the right to privacy are very legitimate and personally, I prefer his judgment," Sorabjee said.

hailed the judgement saying that it held that there is no breach of Right of Privacy as only minimal required biometric data is collected.

Sinha, who as the has been defending the scheme, said the judgment will benefit the poor and the downtrodden and sufficient safeguards and security measures have been incorporated in the Act.

"The poor will benefit directly from this Act by receiving subsidies and benefits of various progressive schemes initiated by the Modi directly in their account. The judgment acknowledged Aadhaar as the right of the common people of this country," he said.

Dwivedi, who had appeared for the Unique Identification Authority Of (UIDAI) called the judgement "fair, reasonable, just and balanced".

"It sustains overwhelmingly what the was contending for," he said.

Vishwanathan, who had appeared for a party challenging its validity, said, "with several salient features of the Act rightly struck down, the Act has been considerably weakened" and "the scope of mischief" has been largely reduced.

Vishwanathan said that with one terming the labelling of the Act as a money bill, as a fraud on the Constitution, it is expected that in future such adventures may not happen.

Poovayya, who had argued for those opposing the scheme, also said the apex court managed to strike a "balance" and "poisonous aspects of Aadhaar" have been struck down whereas its "core issues have been upheld".

"Citizens rights have been protected and a fine balance has been achieved between the pubic interest on Aadhaar such as subsidies etc from consolidated fund of india, identity for the marginalised section of the country," said Poovayya.

Datar, for one of the petitioners, said that the majority judgement has introduced several safeguards and done some amount of balancing like removing the need for linking Aadhaar with mobile number and

"It removed the need for linking it with mobile number, need for linking it with every bank account, made it very clear that you cannot have Aadhaar for getting school admissions, school examinations and so and so," said

He said that it has been tailored down to subsidy benefits etc, which is a huge relief for all.

"In our daily life, we will not have to produce Aadhaar for anything and everything," said

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First Published: Wed, September 26 2018. 22:10 IST