SC dismisses PIL challenging Aadhaar card requirement for DigiLocker scheme

SC refused to entertain a PIL challenging the requirement of Aadhaar card number for the DigiLocker scheme introduced by the govt earlier


New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a public interest litigation (PIL) challenging the mandatory requirement of Aadhaar card number for the DigiLocker scheme introduced by the government earlier.

The petitioner had filed a writ petition in the light of three apex court orders which said that Aadhaar numbers could not be made compulsory for certain services like the public distribution scheme and cooking gas subsidies.

A bench comprising chief justice H.L. Dattu and justice Amitava Roy said that if the authorities were not following the court’s orders, then he had to file a contempt petition. After saying so, the court dismissed the PIL.

Mint reported in August that several key digital schemes introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), including biometric attendance, Jan Dhan Yojana, digital certificates, pension payments and more recently payments banks, depend on the Aadhaar number.