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Aadhar not mandatory for availing benefits: Apex Court

The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre and all the states to “adhere to” its earlier order that no person should be denied any benefits or “suffer” for not having Aadhar cards, issued by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). “In the meantime, it has been brought to the notice that the Aadhar identification (card) is being insisted upon by various authorities. We are not going into the specific instances. We expect that the Union of India (UOI) and states and all their functionaries shall adhere to the order dated September 23, 2013,” a three-judge bench headed by Justice Chelameswar said.

The bench had earlier said, “no person should suffer for not getting the Aadhar card in spite of the fact that some authority had issued a circular making it mandatory.” At the outset, senior advocate Gopal Subramaniam, who appeared for one of the petitioners, said that despite the court order, authorities are insisting upon Aadhar cards for the purposes of lease deed and marriage registrations.”
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