Aadhaar Card Update: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday sought response from the Center and UIDAI on a petition seeking to prepare a mechanism and procedure for issuing new numbers to existing Aadhaar card holders.
Aadhaar Card Update: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday sought response of the Center and UIDAI on a plea seeking to devise a mechanism and procedure for issuing new numbers to existing Aadhaar card holders. Justice Rekha Palli issued the notice on a petition filed by businessman Rajan Arora. The petition has raised apprehensions that their personal details, including Aadhaar numbers, have been compromised.Also Read – 5G: Juhi Chawla’s petition in the High Court, the judge recuses himself from the case, hearing postponed
The petition has appealed to the court that the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) Instruct Arora to issue a new Aadhaar number and protect the fundamental right to privacy and prevent violation and damage. UIDAI Advocate Joheb Hussain, appearing for the petitioner, submitted that as soon as the Aadhaar number is issued, the person concerned and the number are ‘linked to each other for life’. Also Read – Twitter took the decision amid the tussle with the Government of India, made Vinay Prakash the complaint officer
However, the court replied that if this were the case, UIDAI would have to issue a new Aadhaar number for exit holders under section 23(n) of the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016. The power to determine the conditions of procedure is not given. Also Read – Delhi High Court said- Need for Uniform Civil Code in the country, Central Government should work in this direction
The court said, ‘You have the power. If it cannot be read in such a factual manner (if it cannot be changed) then the rule has to be abolished. It can be used in some other way. The court said that it nevertheless agreed that an Aadhaar number cannot be changed at the “insistence and choice” of the user.
In the petition filed through advocates Sonal Anand and Surbhi Singh, the petitioner informed the court that his Aadhaar number was found to be linked to some unknown foreign entities. Thereafter, he requested UIDAI to issue a new Aadhaar number in light of the grave threat to his identity. The next hearing of the case will be on September 9.