UIDAI is the most important requirement now. Life depends on UIDAI for everything. Even for death too now.
New Delhi: The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Tuesday told the Delhi high court that it was not legally and technologically feasible to use Aadhaar biometrics for forensic purposes like identification of dead persons.
The UIDAI told a bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V K Rao that using Aadhaar biometrics to identify bodies would be contrary to the Aadhaar Act.
The UIDAI contends that the Aadhaar Act enact to provide good governance as well as efficient. Transparent and targeted delivery of subsidies, benefits, services, and social schemes.
Taking note of Sahni’s submission, the bench asked the UIDAI to respond and listed the matter for further hearing on April 23.
In its affidavit, the UIDAI has said that using the biometric data. It collects for identifying bodies “may not be technologically feasible” as for authentication purposes. Both the “live biometric” and the Aadhaar number were essential.
It has also contended that “sharing of biometric information or use of biometric information for any purpose other than generation of Aadhaar number and authentication under the Aadhaar Act is impermissible”.
Petition For Affidavit
The UIDAI further says in its affidavit that the petition is baseless and without merit and therefore, liable to dismiss.
Sahni, a social activist as well as a lawyer, in his petition has sought a direction to the Centre and the UIDAI to utilise Aadhaar biometrics to identify the unidentified bodies.
The petition has sought a direction to the Centre, the UIDAI, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) and the states to scan the biometrics of unidentified bodies and process them with the Aadhaar portal to trace any pre-existing biometric details.
Thereafter, he withdrew the plea from the top court. The plea says despite registering the biometrics and scanning more than 122 crore citizens at the Aadhaar portal. The database is not being utilised for identifying bodies.
It adds that thousands of unidentified bodies are recovered in the country every year.
A five-judge Constitution bench of the apex court had on September 26 declared the Aadhaar scheme. As constitutionally valid but had struck down some of its provisions. It include its linking with bank accounts, mobile phones and school admissions.
The bench had held that while Aadhaar would remain mandatory for filing Income Tax returns. And also allotment of the Permanent Account Number (PAN). It would not be compulsory to link it with bank accounts. Telecom service providers cannot seek its linking for mobile connections.