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Supreme Court of India has asked for the view of Attorney General for India in the challenge to the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016.
When the matter was called for hearing, senior counsel P Chidambaram and Kapil Sibal appeared for the petitioner – Jairam Ramesh. As Chidambram made his opening statement “Petitioner is a member of the Rajya Sabha”, Chief Justice of India TS Thakur consulted other members of the bench – Justices UU Lalit and R Banumathi and told Chidambaram that they would seek the view of the Attorney General on the petition. Bench then passed the following order:
Post on Tuesday i.e. 10.05.2016.
Mr. Mukul Rohtagi, learned Attorney General for India is requested to assist the Court.
Jairam Ramesh has filed the PIL challenging the passage of Aadhaar bill as a money bill in the Parliament. The PIL inter alia prays:
Pass appropriate writ, order or direction declaring that the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016, No. 18 of 2016 enacted on 26.03.2016, is unconstitutional, null and void and ultra vires. Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution of India and hence void ab inito.