Aadhar not mandatory for NEET 2018 says Supreme Court

Tanya SimonMar 09, 2018

A 5-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court, comprising of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices Justices A.K. Sikri, A.M. Khanwilkar, D.Y. Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, that are hearing petitions contesting the validity of the Aadhaar, agreed with the AG's contention.

The UIDAI's remarks came on a plea challenging the decision of CBSE seeking mandatorily the Aadhaar number or Aadhaar enrolment number from students who are aspiring to take up the NEET 2018 examination.

However, Mr. Venugopal subsequently changed tack and said the UIDAI had never authorised the CBSE to issue this notification making Aadhaar mandatory for NEET aspirants.

The mandatory Aadhaar rule will apply on all NEET candidates, except those residing in Assam, Meghalaya and Jammu and Kashmir, the CBSE had said.

This comes after senior lawyer Shyam Divan, who had led the arguments challenging Aadhaar and its enabling Act, had asked for the extension of the 31 March deadline. Venugopal said to the constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra that "We have extended the deadline in the past too".

"If the court passes an interim order on March 27, then it will create huge problem of compliance for financial institutions like banks and stock exchange", Justice Chandrachud said.

Although not officially stated, there are indications that the deadline could be extended till May 31 or even beyond as the hearing of the case may go on for another month.

The Supreme Court today has ruled out Aadhar as not mandatory for NEET 2018. "Further time limit for linkages should be extended beyond March 31 as it is creating uncertainty in the minds of the banks and other institutions, which have to comply with the directions". The Supreme Court is hearing a batch of petitions that challenged the mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various services on the ground that it violated privacy.

The plea was filed by a resident of Gujarat Abid Ali Patel.

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