Monday, April 25, 2016
The passage of the Aadhaar Bill by the Lok Sabha as a ‘Money Bill’, ignoring amendments recommended by Upper House of Parliament came under the Supreme Court scanner with Rajya Sabha MP Jairam Ramesh calling it a ‘constitutional fraud’.
The case may also see the highest judiciary examine whether the Speaker’s authority to declare a Bill as ‘Money Bill’ is absolute or not. On March 11, the Aadhaar Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha after the Speaker ruled it as a ‘Money Bill’. It was then transmitted to Rajya Sabha. The Upper House on March 16 returned the Bill with five amendments moved by Ramesh. These recommendations were turned down by Lok Sabha that was passed law. The introduction of the Aadhaar Bill as a ‘Money Bill’ is nothing but a frozen and mala fide attempt to bypass the approval of the Rajya Sabha said Ramesh in a petition in the Apex court.
Senior advocate P.Chidambaram appearing before a Bench led by Chief Justice of India T.S.Thakur said the passage of the Aadhaar law was grossly unconstitutional. The Bench called the presence of Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi in the next hearing for May 10