The Supreme Court today refused to expedite the hearing of Aadhar cases challenging the constitutional validity of the scheme but observed that data collection by private agencies is not a good idea.
A bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar made the remarks after senior advocate Shyam Divan sought urgent hearing of the plea citing privacy concern.
"We are not inclined to give immediate hearing as there are limited resources but biometric data collection by private agencies is not a great idea," the bench also comprising Justices NV Ramana and DY Chandrachud said.
Divan, who represented one of the petitioners, said that these matters needs urgent hearing as there is individual's privacy concern as biometric datas are being collected by private agencies.
The apex court had on October 15, 2015 lifted its earlier restrictions and permitted voluntary use of Aadhar cards in welfare schemes that also included MGNREGA, all pension schemes and provident fund, besides ambitious flagship programmes like 'Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna' of the NDA government.
The social welfare schemes, aimed at reaching the door steps of the "poorest of the poor", were in addition to LPG and PDS schemes in which the apex court had allowed the voluntary use of Aadhar cards.
A five-judge constitution bench had put a caveat in its interim order for the Centre and said that Aadhar card scheme is purely voluntary and not mandatory till the matter is finally decided by this court, this way or the other way. PTI