'Aadhaar not mandatory for government services', says Supreme Court
March 24, 2014 - New Delhi
The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Central Government to withdraw all its orders making Aadhaar Card mandatory for availing any government services.
A division bench comprising of Justice BS Chauhan ordered the Unique Identification Authority of India not to share any information with any government agency. This direction came following the Centre, UIAI and three oil companies – IOCL, BPCL and HPCL who moved to it seeking modification of its earlier order. It may be recalled that the Apex Court has issued orders in September last that Aadhaar cards are not mandatory even as various state governments insist on making it compulsory for a range of formalities, including marriage registration, disbursal of salaries and provident fund among other public services.