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Bright idea! Panel suggestion may end up linking Aadhaar to motor vehicle registration numbers

Bright idea! Panel suggestion may end up linking Aadhaar to motor vehicle registration numbers

~By Sujit Bhar While waiting for the Supreme Court verdict on Aadhaar and its myriad linkages, different government agencies seem to have gone off the...
Justice Srikrishna Report: Muddying the Waters

Justice Srikrishna Report: Muddying the Waters

Above: Justice BN Srikrishna and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad share the dais after submission of the data protection report prepared by the Committee...
Illegal construction in Delhi: Delhi HC directs CBI to take stringent action against the authorities, and file monthly status reports

Delhi govt cannot cask for Aadhaar to provide maternity scheme to pregnant and lactating...

The Delhi High Court bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar on Wednesday (August 1) said that there was no legal...
Use Aadhaar details to track down missing people, says plea in Delhi HC

Use Aadhaar details to track down missing people, says plea in Delhi HC

The Delhi High Court on Friday (July 27) issued notice to the Centre on a petition filed regarding the utilisation of the biometric details in Aadhaar...
Delhi HC gives Centre 4 weeks to explain why married female candidates cannot get JAG service

Delhi HC orders CBDT to allow filing of ITR sans PAN linked to Aadhaar...

The Delhi High Court has allowed the filing of Income Tax Returns without the mandatory linking of PAN to Aadhaar and has asked the...
Aadhaar facial recognition intrigue: Global lessons India would ill-afford to ignore

Aadhaar facial recognition intrigue: Global lessons India can ill-afford to ignore

~By Sujit Bhar Apart from fingerprint and iris scans, the Modi government now wants to attach facial recognition software to each authentication centre While the Supreme...
(Clockwise from top left) Ujwala Uppaluri, Apar Gupta, Vrinda Bhandari, Prasanna S, Raman Jit Singh Chima, Gautam Bhatia and Kritika Bhardwaj have tried to develop their own privacy bill, based on the foundation of the Privacy (Protection) Bill, 2013

Data Privacy: Footprints on the Web

Above: (Clockwise from top left) Ujwala Uppaluri, Apar Gupta, Vrinda Bhandari, Prasanna S, Raman Jit Singh Chima, Gautam Bhatia and Kritika Bhardwaj have tried...
Credibility Crisis

Credibility Crisis

Above: The four seniormost judges of the Supreme Court, (L-R) Justice Kurian Joseph, Justice Jasti Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Madan B Lokur,...
Media watch: Latest happenings in the corridors of journalism

Media Watch

Amrita Rai’s comeback After an eight-month-long sabbatical, veteran scribe and wife of Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh, Amrita Rai will now be back in her...
Aadhaar linkages issue: Hearings complete, SC reserves its order

Aadhaar linkages issue: Hearings complete, SC reserves its order

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud, and Ashok Bhushan, hearing...
Aadhaar linkages case: More Aadhaar hurdles mentioned before SC

Aadhaar linkages case: More Aadhaar hurdles mentioned before SC

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud, A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan, hearing...
Transgender’s application to be taken up by SC after Aadhaar judgment

Transgender’s application to be taken up by SC after Aadhaar judgment

Above: A Transgender participating in one of the events (representative image) A transgender, Satyashri Sharmila Rahemtali had filed a petition with the Supreme Court, saying...
Aadhaar linkages case: Shyam Divan says Aadhaar brings surveillance technology into a democracy

Aadhaar linkages case: Shyam Divan says Aadhaar brings surveillance technology into a democracy

Above: Senior Advocate Shyam Divan The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud, A K Sikri...
Aadhaar linkages case: Comparisons made with US’ Social Security Number

Aadhaar linkages case: Comparisons made with US’ Social Security Number

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud, A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan on...
Aadhaar not mandatory to get new SIM cards, Centre tells telcos

Aadhaar not mandatory to get new SIM cards, Centre tells telcos

With the Supreme Court still hearing arguments in petitions challenging mandatory Aadhaar-linking, Centre issues new instructions to telecom companies Weeks after the Supreme Court indefinitely...
Use Aadhaar details to track down missing people, says plea in Delhi HC

Aadhaar linkages case: SC not happy with idea of Aadhaar as universal identity

Hearing the case about Aadhaar linkages the Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and...
Aadhaar linkages case Govt counsels present more acts to justify powers within Aadhaar

Aadhaar linkages case: Govt counsels present more acts to justify powers within Aadhaar

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud on Wednesday (April 25) was told by senior...
Aadhaar linkages case: Sr counsel Dwivedi says enough security has been provided in Aadhaar

Aadhaar linkages case: Sr counsel Dwivedi says enough security has been provided in Aadhaar

In the Aadhaar linkages case, the Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud on...
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Aadhaar linkages issue: We’re numbering human beings. This is exactly what Hitler did, says...

The Supreme Court Constitution Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan resumed hearing on...

Aadhaar linkages case: ASG Mehta says Aadhaar could prove helpful in PMLA cases

The Supreme Court Constitution Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan resumed hearing on...
Aadhaar

Aadhaar linkages: ASG Mehta says enrolment is optional as per act but compulsory as...

The Supreme Court Constitution Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, hearing Aadhaar and...
Aadhaar linkages case: AG says safeguards have built into the act

Aadhaar linkages case: AG says safeguards have built into the act

The Supreme Court Constitution Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, hearing Aadhaar and...
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Aadhaar linkages case: Judges observe “excessive delegation” in the system

The Supreme Court Constitution Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, hearing Aadhaar and...
Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

Battle For The Benches

The large number of unfilled vacancies in the courts is a symptom of a widespread systematic malaise in which the Executive and the Judiciary...

Centre extends deadline of linking of Aadhaar to June 30

The Centre on Wednesday (March 28) extended the deadline for linking Aadhaar to avail of various services, subsidies and benefits under section 7 of...
SC reminds UIDAI CEO that security systems and laws are essential for data

SC reminds UIDAI CEO that security systems and laws are essential for data

The Supreme Court Constitution Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, hearing Aadhaar and...
SC agrees to hear PIL seeking investigation into deaths resulting from non-linking of PDS with Aadhaar

SC agrees to hear PIL seeking investigation into deaths resulting from non-linking of PDS...

The Supreme Court on Monday (March 26) accepted a PIL filed in connection with deaths resulting from non-linking of public distribution system (PDS) with...
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Aadhaar Bridge: The Aadhaar Conundrum

The UIDAI-promoted Aadhaar is getting more complicated by the day. The on-going hearing in the Supreme Court is focused on potential security breaches. Adding...
Media watch: Latest happenings in the corridors of journalism

The Fourth Estate

Trust and The Tribune Yet another credible and powerful voice representing independent media in the country has been silenced. Last week, Harish Khare, editor-in-chief of...
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UIDAI chief gives presentation, says Aadhaar data is safe

The Supreme Court Constitution Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, hearing Aadhaar and...
Aadhaar linkages case: UIDAI chief likely to make PPT presentation in SC tomorrow

Aadhaar linkages case: UIDAI chief likely to make PPT presentation in SC tomorrow

With the centre now making its submissions before the Supreme Court to defend its decision of making Aadhaar-linking with various services mandatory, the Constitution...
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Aadhaar linkages case: counsels cry foul over government wanting to act Big Brother

Senior Counsel Meenakshi Arora carried on with her submissions before the Constitution bench on Tuesday (March 20) in the bunch of petitions challenging the...
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CJI Dipak Misra: Judge with a Difference

Few chief justices of India have had such a tough tenure—from a series of sensitive and challenging cases to an internal ‘revolt’ by his...

Aadhaar linkages case: People should not go without food due to lack of a...

Senior Counsel K V Vishwanathan carried on with his submissions before the Constitution bench on Thursday (March 15) in the bunch of petitions challenging...
Aadhaar linkages matter: Constitution Bench won’t sit today

Poor infrastructure, errors, fraud, all make a dangerous mix in Aadhaar, says Vishwanathan

Senior Counsel K V Vishwanathan, who had started his submissions on Tuesday, carried on from where he had left off, before the Constitution bench on Wednesday (March...
SC postpones Aadhaar linkages deadline to completion of hearings

SC postpones Aadhaar linkages deadline to completion of hearings

Senior Counsel P Chidambaram carried on from where he had left off on the last day in his submissions before the Constitution bench on...
Aadhaar linkages case: Aadhaar not required for NEET, rules Supreme Court

Aadhaar linkages case: Aadhaar not required for NEET, rules Supreme Court

The Aadhaar linkages case continued before the Supreme Court constitution bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar,...
Senior Advocate Arvind Datar

Aadhaar linkages case: Why should each and every transaction be tracked? asks Datar

Above: Senior Advocate Arvind Datar In his submissions before the Constitution bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar,...
Aadhaar Issue: Belated Recognition

Aadhaar Issue: Belated Recognition

In the face of numerous instances of Aadhaar glitches, the government and the UIDAI have backtracked and said that other identification papers would do...
Aadhaar linkages case: How does Aadhaar Bridge get access to personal data? Asks Justice Chandrachud

Aadhaar linkages case: How does Aadhaar Bridge get access to personal data? Asks Justice...

Senior Counsel Gopal Subramanium carried on with his submissions before the Constitution bench on Thursday (February 22) in the bunch of petitions challenging the...
Kasauli shooting death: SC asks what actions have been taken

Aadhaar linkages case: No penal law can be retrospective but its consequences can be,...

The onus of identification is on the State and not the individual..., insists counsel Gopal Subramanium Senior Counsel Gopal Subramanium resumed his submissions before the...
Gopal Subramanium

Aadhaar linkages case: Subramanium says this infringes on fundamental rights

Above: Gopal Subramanium   The hearings on Aadhaar and its various linkages and privacy and security issued attached to them continued before the Supreme Court...
Aadhaar linkages matter: Constitution Bench won’t sit today

Aadhaar linkages matter: Constitution Bench won’t sit today

The Supreme Court Constitution Bench which is hearing a bunch of petitions challenging the centre’s decision for making linking of Aadhaar with various schemes...
Law minster also wakes up from UIDAI-induced slumber, says other IDs okay if Aadhaar not available

Law minster also wakes up from UIDAI-induced slumber, says other IDs okay if Aadhaar...

A spate of tragedies including deaths, because claimants to legal entitlements – rations and hospital beds – were denied when they failed to produce...
Gopal Subramanium

Aadhaar linkages matter: This act will make the real person useless, only the virtual...

Above: Gopal Subramanium The hearings on Aadhaar and its various linkages and privacy and security issued attached to them continued before the Supreme Court...
Aadhaar linkages case: Dwivedi admits ‘Maybe the method is wrong, but it's ultimately the matter of pride pertaining to the condition of recognition”

No one can be denied essential services for not having Aadhaar, says UIDIAI

Taking serious note of media reports on denial of essential services in the absence of Aadhaar, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has...

Aadhaar Linkages case: Bench agrees authentication is heart of the issue, not mere identity

Senior Counsel Kapil Sibal argues that in areas with no electricity and no internet connectivity how can such authentication be done? The hearings on Aadhaar...
Aadhaar Linkages case: Sibal points out the many ways data can be compromised

Aadhaar Linkages case: Sibal points out the many ways data can be compromised

The hearings on Aadhaar and its various linkages and privacy and security issued attached to them continued before the Supreme Court constitution bench of...
Aadhaar linkages issue: Divan, Sibal point out the many dangers of identity theft, lack of choice

Aadhaar linkages issue: Divan, Sibal point out the many dangers of identity theft, lack...

The hearings on Aadhaar and its various linkages and privacy and security issued attached to them resumed before the Supreme Court constitution bench of...
Aadhaar linkages hearing: Shyam Divan shows how “surveillance” raj was not what the Constitution promised Indian citizens

Aadhaar linkages hearing: Shyam Divan shows how “surveillance” raj was not what the Constitution...

The hearings on Aadhaar and its various linkages and privacy and security issued attached to them started again before the Supreme Court constitution bench...
Even security system specialists reckon that Aadhaar process is not reliable, submits Shyam Divan

Even security system specialists reckon that Aadhaar process is not reliable, submits Shyam Divan

The hearings pertaining to the constitutional validity of Aadhaar Act continued on the second day. Senior Advocate Shyam Divan started the arguments again reiterating...
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Privatisation of collection of Aadhaar data still persists even after the legislation, says Shyam...

The hearing on the constitutional validity of Aadhaar resumed on Tuesday (January 23). Shyam Divan appearing for one of the appellants stated several judgments...
Aadhaar linkages case: Venugopal says “we entirely deny data leakage”

Divan points out technical faults, lack of legal framework and the sheer unconstitutionality of...

Photo: Anil Shakya The Aadhaar hearings continued for the second day before the Supreme Court constitution bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A...
Aadhaar a “giant electronic mess”, Divan tells SC

Aadhaar a “giant electronic mess”, Divan tells SC

Photo: Anil Shakya Senior Advocate Shyam Divan on Wednesday (January 17) made a dispassionate plea to a Supreme Court constitution bench on why he thinks...
Rachna Khaira's (left) report on the UIDAI data breach shook the government but her editor Harish Khare supported her

Shooting the Messenger

Above: Rachna Khaira's (left) report on the UIDAI data breach shook the government but her editor Harish Khare supported her Filing an FIR against the...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

DELHI DURBAR

CHASING TRUMP The Prime Minister’s aides are trying to squeeze as much as possible out of Narendra Modi’s hectic 24-hour trip to Davos to...
ASG presents shockingly low number for homeless in UP; when probed by SC, says drop the report

ASG presents shockingly low number for homeless in UP; when probed by SC, says...

Govt comes up short in explaining if homeless are getting Aadhaar cards, ASG on backfoot A shocking difference in numbers was presented to the Supreme...
Constitute committee to look into compensation complaints of Bhopal gas tragedy victims: SC

2018: Vital Cases to be Heard

Above: Supreme Court 2018 will see some important cases coming up in the Supreme Court, be it the contentious Aadhaar issue, the Babri Masjid dispute...
(Clockwise from top left) Some evergreen offers in this issue include a SWOT analysis of Modi’s three years in power; an exclusive account on the country’s super rich, responsible for NPAs in banks; air pollution playing havoc in NCR; and frauds related to demonetization

WELCOME, CHALLENGES

Above: (Clockwise from top left) Some evergreen offers in this issue include a SWOT analysis of Modi’s three years in power; an exclusive account...
Photo by Anil Shakya

SC extends all Aadhaar linkage deadlines to March 31, 2018

The Supreme Court constitution bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan...

SC agrees to hear WB’s redrafted plea challenging Aadhaar

The Supreme Court bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan on Friday (November 17) agreed to hear a plea by the West...
Photo: Bhavana Gaur

Dissemination of Justice: Evolving Judicial Practices

The Supreme Court has been continually guiding changes in India’s legal system, be it the appointment of judges, emphasis on PILs, increased evaluation of...
Anthony Lawrence

The End of Days

~By Dilip Bobb   Nowadays, there seems to be a day for everyone—nary a day passes when it is not dedicated to person, place or thing—Teacher’s...
Dematerialised woes await the MSME sector of India

Dematerialised woes await the MSME sector of India

25The government’s decision to also dematerialise all stocks of unlisted companies could create insurmountable obstacles in the path of already gasping small units ~By Sujit...
Aadhaar is a tempting pool of data for cyber criminals

Aadhaar Database: A Risky Revolution

The government’s move to link one billion of these numbers to bank accounts and mobiles is fraught with security risks. Studies say that digital...
Too late in the day to say privacy is not constitutionally protected

Too late in the day to say privacy is not constitutionally protected

Above: A gay pride parade. An affirmative answer on privacy as a fundamental right will reopen other fundamental issues, such as the right to...
‘Want quid-pro-quo for allowing foreign lawyers to practice in Indian courts’

Hearings on privacy conclude, SC reserves verdict

sAs hearings on the privacy as a fundamental right case concluded in the Supreme Court on Wednesday (August 2), the nine-judge constitution bench, headed by...
SC privacy hearing Day 2: If India has agreed to privacy on international fora, why not in India?

SC privacy hearing Day 2: If India has agreed to privacy on international fora,...

Above: The Supreme Court will again hear the Aadhaar matter on July 25. Photo: UNI While hearing the case related to Aadhaar and the right to...
Aadhaar case: SC refers privacy as a fundamental right issue to 9-judge bench

Aadhaar case: SC refers privacy as a fundamental right issue to 9-judge bench

Rest of the cases related to Aadhaar will be back with the same 5-judge bench The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice JS Khehar and...
An Aadhaar registration event. Photo: UNI

SC to hear Aadhaar issues on July 18-19

Above: An Aadhaar registration event. Photo: UNI The complex issues around the Aadhaar matter and the PILs pending before the Supreme Court were mentioned before...
Aadhaar Crime Bomb

Aadhaar Crime Bomb

Above: Access to basic services like health and education will also be determined by biometric scans. The government’s decision to link these vital numbers to...
Disqualified AIADMK legislators: SC appoints a third judge to break deadlock

Supreme Court: Judgments Awaited

As the Supreme Court gets back to work after its summer recess, five cases which impact Indian society and politics will be decided. India...
Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

Cyber crime: How safe is India?

Though the country has not been seriously impacted by WannaCry, there is no guarantee it won’t be attacked in future considering how unprepared it...
SC to Hear IA Applications Related to Aadhaar in June

SC to Hear IA Applications Related to Aadhaar in June

The Supreme Court ruled on Friday (May 19) that all interlocutory applications (IA) seeking interim relief against Aadhaar being made mandatory should be clubbed...
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Justice Nageswara Rao recuses himself from Aadhaar matter

The petition questioning the centre’s notification to make Aadhaar mandatory for mid-day meals came up in the Supreme Court on Wednesday (May 17). Justice...
Exemption of Toddy: SC tells amicus to file report on Toddy licenses and shops in Kerala

SC tags fresh petition on Aadhaar Act 2016

The Supreme Court on May 9 tagged a fresh Aadhaar petition with the one before the constitution bench that will deal with the privacy...
WHOSE BODY IS IT ANYWAY?

WHOSE BODY IS IT ANYWAY?

~By Inderjit Badhwar “Recent inventions and business methods call attention to the next step which must be taken for the protection of the person, and...
If initials on Aadhaar don’t match PAN you lose both, argues counsel in SC

If initials on Aadhaar don’t match PAN you lose both, argues counsel in SC

The top court reserves judgment on the controversial petitionThe case against Aadhaar being used as an all-purpose, cure-all medicine was again argued at the...
Indu Malhotra to be first woman to be promoted from Bar to SC judgeship

Govt says Aadhaar must to stop fake PANs

Two petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court, challenging Section 139AA, which was inserted in the Income Tax Act by the Finance Act,...
Lead Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

The Herd Mentality

  ~By Dilip Bobb   Sacred Cow used to be an idiom, now it’s a uidai, following the centre’s report to the Supreme Court suggesting that each...
A member of Parliament registering for his Aadhaar card at an Aadhaar registration counter. Photo: PIB

Aadhaar requirement for PAN challenged

Binoy Visman has challenged Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act, which makes Aadhaar mandatory for filing Income Tax returns. This has come up...
A Member of Parliament registering for his Aadhaar card at an Aadhaar registration counter. Photo: PIB

Much Misused ID

In the border districts of West Bengal, Aadhaar cards are being freely issued with the connivance of politicians to Bangladeshi migrants. This poses a...
A woman gets her photo clicked to complete the formalities required to get the Aadhaar card. Photo: csc.gov.in; CJI JS Khehar. Photo: JS Studio

Cannot link Aadhaar with Govt welfare schemes, opines CJI

The Supreme Court is of the opinion that the government cannot make Aadhaar cards, with their Unique Identification (UID) scheme numbers, mandatory for extending...
People queue up for an Aadhaar card. Photo: UNI

Aadhaar: The Great Divide

A petition in the Supreme Court has reopened the debate over Money and Financial Bills. It has serious implications for parliamentary procedure ~By Devender...
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. Photo: PIB

Putting the Speaker in a Tight Spot

Article 110 of the constitution says Lok Sabha Speaker decides if a bill is a Money Bill        ~By Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr Chief Justice...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the launching of BHIM app un New Delhi. Photo: facebook

An App for Cashless Economy, Courtesy PM Modi

The new digital mode, Bharat Interface for Money app, is a fanciful toy. It’s time to get serious By Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr Give to the...

'Aadhaar' - 86 News Results

Bright idea! Panel suggestion may end up linking Aadhaar to motor vehicle registration numbers

Bright idea! Panel suggestion may end up linking Aadhaar to motor vehicle registration numbers

~By Sujit Bhar While waiting for the Supreme Court verdict on Aadhaar and its myriad linkages, different government agencies seem to have gone off the...
Justice Srikrishna Report: Muddying the Waters

Justice Srikrishna Report: Muddying the Waters

Above: Justice BN Srikrishna and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad share the dais after submission of the data protection report prepared by the Committee...
Illegal construction in Delhi: Delhi HC directs CBI to take stringent action against the authorities, and file monthly status reports

Delhi govt cannot cask for Aadhaar to provide maternity scheme to pregnant and lactating...

The Delhi High Court bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar on Wednesday (August 1) said that there was no legal...
Use Aadhaar details to track down missing people, says plea in Delhi HC

Use Aadhaar details to track down missing people, says plea in Delhi HC

The Delhi High Court on Friday (July 27) issued notice to the Centre on a petition filed regarding the utilisation of the biometric details in Aadhaar...
Delhi HC gives Centre 4 weeks to explain why married female candidates cannot get JAG service

Delhi HC orders CBDT to allow filing of ITR sans PAN linked to Aadhaar...

The Delhi High Court has allowed the filing of Income Tax Returns without the mandatory linking of PAN to Aadhaar and has asked the...
Aadhaar facial recognition intrigue: Global lessons India would ill-afford to ignore

Aadhaar facial recognition intrigue: Global lessons India can ill-afford to ignore

~By Sujit Bhar Apart from fingerprint and iris scans, the Modi government now wants to attach facial recognition software to each authentication centre While the Supreme...
(Clockwise from top left) Ujwala Uppaluri, Apar Gupta, Vrinda Bhandari, Prasanna S, Raman Jit Singh Chima, Gautam Bhatia and Kritika Bhardwaj have tried to develop their own privacy bill, based on the foundation of the Privacy (Protection) Bill, 2013

Data Privacy: Footprints on the Web

Above: (Clockwise from top left) Ujwala Uppaluri, Apar Gupta, Vrinda Bhandari, Prasanna S, Raman Jit Singh Chima, Gautam Bhatia and Kritika Bhardwaj have tried...
Credibility Crisis

Credibility Crisis

Above: The four seniormost judges of the Supreme Court, (L-R) Justice Kurian Joseph, Justice Jasti Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Madan B Lokur,...
Media watch: Latest happenings in the corridors of journalism

Media Watch

Amrita Rai’s comeback After an eight-month-long sabbatical, veteran scribe and wife of Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh, Amrita Rai will now be back in her...
Aadhaar linkages issue: Hearings complete, SC reserves its order

Aadhaar linkages issue: Hearings complete, SC reserves its order

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud, and Ashok Bhushan, hearing...
Aadhaar linkages case: More Aadhaar hurdles mentioned before SC

Aadhaar linkages case: More Aadhaar hurdles mentioned before SC

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud, A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan, hearing...
Transgender’s application to be taken up by SC after Aadhaar judgment

Transgender’s application to be taken up by SC after Aadhaar judgment

Above: A Transgender participating in one of the events (representative image) A transgender, Satyashri Sharmila Rahemtali had filed a petition with the Supreme Court, saying...
Aadhaar linkages case: Shyam Divan says Aadhaar brings surveillance technology into a democracy

Aadhaar linkages case: Shyam Divan says Aadhaar brings surveillance technology into a democracy

Above: Senior Advocate Shyam Divan The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud, A K Sikri...
Aadhaar linkages case: Comparisons made with US’ Social Security Number

Aadhaar linkages case: Comparisons made with US’ Social Security Number

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud, A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan on...
Aadhaar not mandatory to get new SIM cards, Centre tells telcos

Aadhaar not mandatory to get new SIM cards, Centre tells telcos

With the Supreme Court still hearing arguments in petitions challenging mandatory Aadhaar-linking, Centre issues new instructions to telecom companies Weeks after the Supreme Court indefinitely...
Use Aadhaar details to track down missing people, says plea in Delhi HC

Aadhaar linkages case: SC not happy with idea of Aadhaar as universal identity

Hearing the case about Aadhaar linkages the Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and...
Aadhaar linkages case Govt counsels present more acts to justify powers within Aadhaar

Aadhaar linkages case: Govt counsels present more acts to justify powers within Aadhaar

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud on Wednesday (April 25) was told by senior...
Aadhaar linkages case: Sr counsel Dwivedi says enough security has been provided in Aadhaar

Aadhaar linkages case: Sr counsel Dwivedi says enough security has been provided in Aadhaar

In the Aadhaar linkages case, the Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud on...
AADHAAR

Aadhaar linkages issue: We’re numbering human beings. This is exactly what Hitler did, says...

The Supreme Court Constitution Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan resumed hearing on...

Aadhaar linkages case: ASG Mehta says Aadhaar could prove helpful in PMLA cases

The Supreme Court Constitution Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan resumed hearing on...
Aadhaar

Aadhaar linkages: ASG Mehta says enrolment is optional as per act but compulsory as...

The Supreme Court Constitution Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, hearing Aadhaar and...
Aadhaar linkages case: AG says safeguards have built into the act

Aadhaar linkages case: AG says safeguards have built into the act

The Supreme Court Constitution Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, hearing Aadhaar and...
AADHAAR

Aadhaar linkages case: Judges observe “excessive delegation” in the system

The Supreme Court Constitution Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, hearing Aadhaar and...
Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

Battle For The Benches

The large number of unfilled vacancies in the courts is a symptom of a widespread systematic malaise in which the Executive and the Judiciary...

Centre extends deadline of linking of Aadhaar to June 30

The Centre on Wednesday (March 28) extended the deadline for linking Aadhaar to avail of various services, subsidies and benefits under section 7 of...
SC reminds UIDAI CEO that security systems and laws are essential for data

SC reminds UIDAI CEO that security systems and laws are essential for data

The Supreme Court Constitution Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, hearing Aadhaar and...
SC agrees to hear PIL seeking investigation into deaths resulting from non-linking of PDS with Aadhaar

SC agrees to hear PIL seeking investigation into deaths resulting from non-linking of PDS...

The Supreme Court on Monday (March 26) accepted a PIL filed in connection with deaths resulting from non-linking of public distribution system (PDS) with...
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Aadhaar Bridge: The Aadhaar Conundrum

The UIDAI-promoted Aadhaar is getting more complicated by the day. The on-going hearing in the Supreme Court is focused on potential security breaches. Adding...
Media watch: Latest happenings in the corridors of journalism

The Fourth Estate

Trust and The Tribune Yet another credible and powerful voice representing independent media in the country has been silenced. Last week, Harish Khare, editor-in-chief of...
Aadhaar

UIDAI chief gives presentation, says Aadhaar data is safe

The Supreme Court Constitution Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, hearing Aadhaar and...
Aadhaar linkages case: UIDAI chief likely to make PPT presentation in SC tomorrow

Aadhaar linkages case: UIDAI chief likely to make PPT presentation in SC tomorrow

With the centre now making its submissions before the Supreme Court to defend its decision of making Aadhaar-linking with various services mandatory, the Constitution...
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Aadhaar linkages case: counsels cry foul over government wanting to act Big Brother

Senior Counsel Meenakshi Arora carried on with her submissions before the Constitution bench on Tuesday (March 20) in the bunch of petitions challenging the...
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CJI Dipak Misra: Judge with a Difference

Few chief justices of India have had such a tough tenure—from a series of sensitive and challenging cases to an internal ‘revolt’ by his...

Aadhaar linkages case: People should not go without food due to lack of a...

Senior Counsel K V Vishwanathan carried on with his submissions before the Constitution bench on Thursday (March 15) in the bunch of petitions challenging...
Aadhaar linkages matter: Constitution Bench won’t sit today

Poor infrastructure, errors, fraud, all make a dangerous mix in Aadhaar, says Vishwanathan

Senior Counsel K V Vishwanathan, who had started his submissions on Tuesday, carried on from where he had left off, before the Constitution bench on Wednesday (March...
SC postpones Aadhaar linkages deadline to completion of hearings

SC postpones Aadhaar linkages deadline to completion of hearings

Senior Counsel P Chidambaram carried on from where he had left off on the last day in his submissions before the Constitution bench on...
Aadhaar linkages case: Aadhaar not required for NEET, rules Supreme Court

Aadhaar linkages case: Aadhaar not required for NEET, rules Supreme Court

The Aadhaar linkages case continued before the Supreme Court constitution bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar,...
Senior Advocate Arvind Datar

Aadhaar linkages case: Why should each and every transaction be tracked? asks Datar

Above: Senior Advocate Arvind Datar In his submissions before the Constitution bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar,...
Aadhaar Issue: Belated Recognition

Aadhaar Issue: Belated Recognition

In the face of numerous instances of Aadhaar glitches, the government and the UIDAI have backtracked and said that other identification papers would do...
Aadhaar linkages case: How does Aadhaar Bridge get access to personal data? Asks Justice Chandrachud

Aadhaar linkages case: How does Aadhaar Bridge get access to personal data? Asks Justice...

Senior Counsel Gopal Subramanium carried on with his submissions before the Constitution bench on Thursday (February 22) in the bunch of petitions challenging the...
Kasauli shooting death: SC asks what actions have been taken

Aadhaar linkages case: No penal law can be retrospective but its consequences can be,...

The onus of identification is on the State and not the individual..., insists counsel Gopal Subramanium Senior Counsel Gopal Subramanium resumed his submissions before the...
Gopal Subramanium

Aadhaar linkages case: Subramanium says this infringes on fundamental rights

Above: Gopal Subramanium   The hearings on Aadhaar and its various linkages and privacy and security issued attached to them continued before the Supreme Court...
Aadhaar linkages matter: Constitution Bench won’t sit today

Aadhaar linkages matter: Constitution Bench won’t sit today

The Supreme Court Constitution Bench which is hearing a bunch of petitions challenging the centre’s decision for making linking of Aadhaar with various schemes...
Law minster also wakes up from UIDAI-induced slumber, says other IDs okay if Aadhaar not available

Law minster also wakes up from UIDAI-induced slumber, says other IDs okay if Aadhaar...

A spate of tragedies including deaths, because claimants to legal entitlements – rations and hospital beds – were denied when they failed to produce...
Gopal Subramanium

Aadhaar linkages matter: This act will make the real person useless, only the virtual...

Above: Gopal Subramanium The hearings on Aadhaar and its various linkages and privacy and security issued attached to them continued before the Supreme Court...
Aadhaar linkages case: Dwivedi admits ‘Maybe the method is wrong, but it's ultimately the matter of pride pertaining to the condition of recognition”

No one can be denied essential services for not having Aadhaar, says UIDIAI

Taking serious note of media reports on denial of essential services in the absence of Aadhaar, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has...

Aadhaar Linkages case: Bench agrees authentication is heart of the issue, not mere identity

Senior Counsel Kapil Sibal argues that in areas with no electricity and no internet connectivity how can such authentication be done? The hearings on Aadhaar...
Aadhaar Linkages case: Sibal points out the many ways data can be compromised

Aadhaar Linkages case: Sibal points out the many ways data can be compromised

The hearings on Aadhaar and its various linkages and privacy and security issued attached to them continued before the Supreme Court constitution bench of...
Aadhaar linkages issue: Divan, Sibal point out the many dangers of identity theft, lack of choice

Aadhaar linkages issue: Divan, Sibal point out the many dangers of identity theft, lack...

The hearings on Aadhaar and its various linkages and privacy and security issued attached to them resumed before the Supreme Court constitution bench of...
Aadhaar linkages hearing: Shyam Divan shows how “surveillance” raj was not what the Constitution promised Indian citizens

Aadhaar linkages hearing: Shyam Divan shows how “surveillance” raj was not what the Constitution...

The hearings on Aadhaar and its various linkages and privacy and security issued attached to them started again before the Supreme Court constitution bench...
Even security system specialists reckon that Aadhaar process is not reliable, submits Shyam Divan

Even security system specialists reckon that Aadhaar process is not reliable, submits Shyam Divan

The hearings pertaining to the constitutional validity of Aadhaar Act continued on the second day. Senior Advocate Shyam Divan started the arguments again reiterating...
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Privatisation of collection of Aadhaar data still persists even after the legislation, says Shyam...

The hearing on the constitutional validity of Aadhaar resumed on Tuesday (January 23). Shyam Divan appearing for one of the appellants stated several judgments...
Aadhaar linkages case: Venugopal says “we entirely deny data leakage”

Divan points out technical faults, lack of legal framework and the sheer unconstitutionality of...

Photo: Anil Shakya The Aadhaar hearings continued for the second day before the Supreme Court constitution bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A...
Aadhaar a “giant electronic mess”, Divan tells SC

Aadhaar a “giant electronic mess”, Divan tells SC

Photo: Anil Shakya Senior Advocate Shyam Divan on Wednesday (January 17) made a dispassionate plea to a Supreme Court constitution bench on why he thinks...
Rachna Khaira's (left) report on the UIDAI data breach shook the government but her editor Harish Khare supported her

Shooting the Messenger

Above: Rachna Khaira's (left) report on the UIDAI data breach shook the government but her editor Harish Khare supported her Filing an FIR against the...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

DELHI DURBAR

CHASING TRUMP The Prime Minister’s aides are trying to squeeze as much as possible out of Narendra Modi’s hectic 24-hour trip to Davos to...
ASG presents shockingly low number for homeless in UP; when probed by SC, says drop the report

ASG presents shockingly low number for homeless in UP; when probed by SC, says...

Govt comes up short in explaining if homeless are getting Aadhaar cards, ASG on backfoot A shocking difference in numbers was presented to the Supreme...
Constitute committee to look into compensation complaints of Bhopal gas tragedy victims: SC

2018: Vital Cases to be Heard

Above: Supreme Court 2018 will see some important cases coming up in the Supreme Court, be it the contentious Aadhaar issue, the Babri Masjid dispute...
(Clockwise from top left) Some evergreen offers in this issue include a SWOT analysis of Modi’s three years in power; an exclusive account on the country’s super rich, responsible for NPAs in banks; air pollution playing havoc in NCR; and frauds related to demonetization

WELCOME, CHALLENGES

Above: (Clockwise from top left) Some evergreen offers in this issue include a SWOT analysis of Modi’s three years in power; an exclusive account...
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SC extends all Aadhaar linkage deadlines to March 31, 2018

The Supreme Court constitution bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan...

SC agrees to hear WB’s redrafted plea challenging Aadhaar

The Supreme Court bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan on Friday (November 17) agreed to hear a plea by the West...
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Dissemination of Justice: Evolving Judicial Practices

The Supreme Court has been continually guiding changes in India’s legal system, be it the appointment of judges, emphasis on PILs, increased evaluation of...
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The End of Days

~By Dilip Bobb   Nowadays, there seems to be a day for everyone—nary a day passes when it is not dedicated to person, place or thing—Teacher’s...
Dematerialised woes await the MSME sector of India

Dematerialised woes await the MSME sector of India

25The government’s decision to also dematerialise all stocks of unlisted companies could create insurmountable obstacles in the path of already gasping small units ~By Sujit...
Aadhaar is a tempting pool of data for cyber criminals

Aadhaar Database: A Risky Revolution

The government’s move to link one billion of these numbers to bank accounts and mobiles is fraught with security risks. Studies say that digital...
Too late in the day to say privacy is not constitutionally protected

Too late in the day to say privacy is not constitutionally protected

Above: A gay pride parade. An affirmative answer on privacy as a fundamental right will reopen other fundamental issues, such as the right to...
‘Want quid-pro-quo for allowing foreign lawyers to practice in Indian courts’

Hearings on privacy conclude, SC reserves verdict

sAs hearings on the privacy as a fundamental right case concluded in the Supreme Court on Wednesday (August 2), the nine-judge constitution bench, headed by...
SC privacy hearing Day 2: If India has agreed to privacy on international fora, why not in India?

SC privacy hearing Day 2: If India has agreed to privacy on international fora,...

Above: The Supreme Court will again hear the Aadhaar matter on July 25. Photo: UNI While hearing the case related to Aadhaar and the right to...
Aadhaar case: SC refers privacy as a fundamental right issue to 9-judge bench

Aadhaar case: SC refers privacy as a fundamental right issue to 9-judge bench

Rest of the cases related to Aadhaar will be back with the same 5-judge bench The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice JS Khehar and...
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SC to hear Aadhaar issues on July 18-19

Above: An Aadhaar registration event. Photo: UNI The complex issues around the Aadhaar matter and the PILs pending before the Supreme Court were mentioned before...
Aadhaar Crime Bomb

Aadhaar Crime Bomb

Above: Access to basic services like health and education will also be determined by biometric scans. The government’s decision to link these vital numbers to...
Disqualified AIADMK legislators: SC appoints a third judge to break deadlock

Supreme Court: Judgments Awaited

As the Supreme Court gets back to work after its summer recess, five cases which impact Indian society and politics will be decided. India...
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Cyber crime: How safe is India?

Though the country has not been seriously impacted by WannaCry, there is no guarantee it won’t be attacked in future considering how unprepared it...
SC to Hear IA Applications Related to Aadhaar in June

SC to Hear IA Applications Related to Aadhaar in June

The Supreme Court ruled on Friday (May 19) that all interlocutory applications (IA) seeking interim relief against Aadhaar being made mandatory should be clubbed...
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Justice Nageswara Rao recuses himself from Aadhaar matter

The petition questioning the centre’s notification to make Aadhaar mandatory for mid-day meals came up in the Supreme Court on Wednesday (May 17). Justice...
Exemption of Toddy: SC tells amicus to file report on Toddy licenses and shops in Kerala

SC tags fresh petition on Aadhaar Act 2016

The Supreme Court on May 9 tagged a fresh Aadhaar petition with the one before the constitution bench that will deal with the privacy...
WHOSE BODY IS IT ANYWAY?

WHOSE BODY IS IT ANYWAY?

~By Inderjit Badhwar “Recent inventions and business methods call attention to the next step which must be taken for the protection of the person, and...
If initials on Aadhaar don’t match PAN you lose both, argues counsel in SC

If initials on Aadhaar don’t match PAN you lose both, argues counsel in SC

The top court reserves judgment on the controversial petitionThe case against Aadhaar being used as an all-purpose, cure-all medicine was again argued at the...
Indu Malhotra to be first woman to be promoted from Bar to SC judgeship

Govt says Aadhaar must to stop fake PANs

Two petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court, challenging Section 139AA, which was inserted in the Income Tax Act by the Finance Act,...
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The Herd Mentality

  ~By Dilip Bobb   Sacred Cow used to be an idiom, now it’s a uidai, following the centre’s report to the Supreme Court suggesting that each...
A member of Parliament registering for his Aadhaar card at an Aadhaar registration counter. Photo: PIB

Aadhaar requirement for PAN challenged

Binoy Visman has challenged Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act, which makes Aadhaar mandatory for filing Income Tax returns. This has come up...
A Member of Parliament registering for his Aadhaar card at an Aadhaar registration counter. Photo: PIB

Much Misused ID

In the border districts of West Bengal, Aadhaar cards are being freely issued with the connivance of politicians to Bangladeshi migrants. This poses a...
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Cannot link Aadhaar with Govt welfare schemes, opines CJI

The Supreme Court is of the opinion that the government cannot make Aadhaar cards, with their Unique Identification (UID) scheme numbers, mandatory for extending...
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Aadhaar: The Great Divide

A petition in the Supreme Court has reopened the debate over Money and Financial Bills. It has serious implications for parliamentary procedure ~By Devender...
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. Photo: PIB

Putting the Speaker in a Tight Spot

Article 110 of the constitution says Lok Sabha Speaker decides if a bill is a Money Bill        ~By Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr Chief Justice...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the launching of BHIM app un New Delhi. Photo: facebook

An App for Cashless Economy, Courtesy PM Modi

The new digital mode, Bharat Interface for Money app, is a fanciful toy. It’s time to get serious By Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr Give to the...

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