Case on quashing of UT order on Aadhaar cards adjourned

After the UT Administration sought more time to file its reply to a petition filed against Aadhaar cards, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday adjourned the hearing of the case.

However, Charu Bali, Assistant Director General, UIDAI, informed a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri and Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain that the issue pertaining to validity of notification dated January 28, 2009 and the UID scheme, as raised in the present case, had already been raised before the Supreme Court of India.

It was further submitted by the Assistant Director General, UIDAI, that various petitions related to the notification and scheme had also been filed in various high courts and the Union of India had approached the apex court for seeking the transfer of all the cases to the Supreme Court only.

Sanjiv Pandey of Chandigarh had filed the petition, seeking quashing of the executive order made by the Deputy Commissioner of the UT Administration dated December 5, 2012m which he claimed was passed in violation of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989, and by which the UID card had been made mandatory for registration of vehicles and grant of learner's/ regular driving license.

It was argued that UID cards were given too much importance as compared to the other proofs of identity and residence such as voter cards and passports which were issued by the Election Commission of India and the Ministry of External Affairs respectively.

Furthermore, the petitioner sought directions to the UT Administrator and DC to accept other proofs of identity and address - voter card and passport - as prescribed under Rule 4 of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 for issuance of learning/ regular driving license and for registration of vehicle.

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