This is a record of the proceedings in the Supreme Court 5 judge bench hearings on the Constitutional validity of Aadhaar, which began on Feb 13, 2018. You may read the entire series here. Previous post in this series may be found here. Attorney General K.K Venugopal commenced his submissions. He repeated that Article 110(1)(g) is a standalone provision. There can be a bill that does not relate to 110(1)(a)-(g) but is still covered independently under 110(1)(g), Therefore the Aadhaar bill did not have to be passed by the Rajya Sabha, which could only make recommendations. The CJI said that Section 57 is an enabling provision that allows state legislature to introduce Aadhaar for various services. The state legislature may or may not introduce it as a money bill. It's nature will then be examined if it's challenged in a court of law. The AG cited Articles 122 ( Courts not to inquire into proceedings of the Parliament) and 255 of the Constitution in support of his money bill argument. The AG cited the cases of Mohd. Saeed Siddiqui v. State of Uttar Pradesh and Yogendra Kumar Jaiswal v. State of Bihar. He read chapter V of the Aadhaar Act ( Grants, accounts, audits and annual report ). The AG then read the Lokniti order and the Bench's recital of the Union government affidavit in that order. He said currently Aadhaar is not mandatory to obtain a new connection, but there will be no chance of forgery and fraud if Aadhaar is linked to…
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