The Supreme Court (SC) on 16 March 2015 cautioned government officials to not to insist citizens on usage of Aadhar cards.
A three-judge bench presided over by Justice J Chelameswar and comprising Justices Kurian Joseph and C Nagappan warned that such action would have serious consequences for government officials.
SC asked the Union Government to write to all the state governments to ensure that the officials adhered to the apex court order of September 2013 wherein it had held that Aadhaar was not mandatory for the people.
Also, the apex court said that no person should suffer for not getting the Aadhaar card in spite of the fact that some authority had issued a circular making it mandatory.
It further said that it needs to be checked whether a person applying for the Aadhar card voluntarily is entitled for it or not. Also it needs to be ensured that it is not given to any illegal immigrant.
SC caution to government officials came while hearing a set of petitions, including the one filed by Justice K S Puttaswamy, former Karnataka High Court judge, challenging Constitutional validity of the card being issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).
When: 16 March 2015