Congress to move SC against upholding Aadhaar as Money Bill
The Congress has decided to move the Supreme Court challenging the verdict to uphold the passage of the Aadhaar Act, 2016, as a Money Bill in Lok Sabha. The SC upheld the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar scheme by 4:1 while delivering its verdict on Wednesday, saying it not only serves a larger public interest but also empowers the marginalized sections. Here's more.
Passage of law violates fundamental right to privacy: Kapil Sibal
"The passage of the law violates both the fundamental right to privacy and is a gross abuse of the Money Bill route," senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal said while addressing the media in the national capital. "If the government does not bring the Act to the Rajya Sabha for amendments, we will definitely move the Supreme Court," the Congress leader said.
The Jairam Ramesh plea
Congress leader Jairam Ramesh, in 2016, had moved the top court, challenging the decision to treat the then Aadhaar Bill as a Money Bill. Armed with the Lok Sabha Speaker's decision that it was a Money Bill, the government had then pushed it through the Rajya Sabha, which can't amend the Bill but can only make recommendations for amendment to the Lok Sabha.