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Aadhaar Card not mandatory for NEET, says SC in its interim order

08 March 2018, 05:09 | Melissa Porter

Aadhaar Card not mandatory for NEET, says SC in its interim order

Aadhaar Deadline Could be Extended Beyond March 31 Centre Tells Supreme Court

One, Abid Ali Patel, from Gujarat has moved the apex court seeking to stay on the orders of CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education).

During a hearing on a batch of petitions challenging the Constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act, Senior Advocate Arvind Datar had brought it to the court's notice that the students from Jammu & Kashmir, Assam and Meghalaya were permitted to provide other Government Identity proofs instead of Aadhaar.

However, the CBSE had made the Aadhaar number or Aadhaar enrolment number mandatory for students aspiring to take the NEET 2018.

In a brief order the Supreme Court bench said students appearing for Neet examination or any other all India competitive examination need not necessarily produce their Aadhaar card as they can produce any other proof of identity for taking the examination.

"We have extended the deadline in the past and we will extend the deadline again but we may do it by the end of month to enable the petitioners in the case conclude the arguments", he had said.

Chidambaram told the court that only those bills meeting the requirements specified under sub-clause (a) to (f) of clause (1) of Article 110 of the constitution can be introduced as Money Bill.

The bench said that there is no problem in extending the deadline and it will pass appropriate orders in this regard. On December 15, in past, the Supreme Court had extended the Aadhaar linking deadline for bank accounts, mobile phones and various government schemes to March 31, 2018. Responding to the AG's submission, Justice Sikri said the interim order was not passed on the premise that law was not framed at that time. He pleaded that an interim order be passed extending the deadline from March 31 to at least April 30.

Attorney-general K.K. Venugopal, representing the Centre, submitted that neither the government nor the Aadhaar issuer had asked the CBSE to make the card mandatory. But, contrary to this the Prevention of Money Laundering Act makes a citizen duty bound to get Aadhaar. But the decision has been challenged in the Supreme Court. The arguments remained inconclusive and would resume on March 13.

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