Reactions on Aadhaar verdict: Leaders, petitioners, activists satisfied, mixed reactions from others

New Delhi: As the Supreme Court held that the Aadhaar system was constitutionally valid on Wednesday, petitioners and activists rejoiced, however mixed reactions have been pouring in by citizens.

Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley welcomed the verdict. “It is a historic judgement and concept of UID number has been accepted by judicial review”, he said.

Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Ayog called it a “progressive verdict”. Speaking to ANI, Kant said that the verdict will bring efficiency in the country and plug leakages.

Tehseen Poonawalla, one of the petitioners in the case, expressed happiness at the apex court stating it was not necessary to link it to bank accounts and that telecom service providers couldn’t seek linking of Aadhaar.

“Oh jeez, Sekhri just said #AadhaarVerdict does NOT have to be linked to mobiles and banks!!! Amazing. He struck down section 57 of the #Aadhaar act!!,” he tweeted.

Cyber security expert, Pavan Duggal, also welcomed the ruling. “I welcome the Supreme Court verdict in the sense that Aadhaar is now ground reality, but loopholes that exist in Aadhaar should be tackled in a proactive basis. The issues of cyber security are among those the government should effectively work upon,” Duggal said .

Others remain critical?

As reactions continued to pour in, ‘netizens’ criticized the verdict on the ground that while Aadhaar need not be linked to bank accounts but it is mandatory to acquire a PAN card, indirectly linking Aadhaar cards to bank accounts,questioning the validity and logic behind the judgement.

Some also remained neutral on the verdict, though critical, they also lauded the judgment for its merits, like seasoned journalist Minhaz Merchant, who pronounced it as a ‘balanced verdict’.

The apex court’s five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra Wednesday said Aadhaar is meant to help benefits reach the marginalised sections of the society and it takes into account the dignity of people not only from personal but also from community point of view.

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The verdict was pronounced on a batch of pleas challenging the constitutional validity of Aadhaar scheme and its enabling 2016 law.The bench had on May 10 reserved the verdict on the matter after a marathon hearing that went on for 38 days, spanning four-and-half months.

Edited by- Disha Jana