Aadhaar: Private Companies File Petition in Supreme Court Favouring UID Project

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Aadhaar: Private Companies File Petition in Supreme Court Favouring UID Project

The Supreme Court on Wednesday will start the final hearing in a bunch of petitions, the earliest filed in 2012.

New Delhi, Jan 17: A group private companies have appealed to the Supreme Court to continue Aadhaar. The group filed the plea ahead of the hearing to determine validity of the unique ID.

The petition was filed by the Digital Lenders Association of India (DLAI) filed the plea and apprised the court of the advantages Aadhaar offered to the digital companies. The companies that filed the petition include CapitalFloat, Lenoding-Kart, Khosla Labs, Yulu Bikes, Handy Online Services etc. The companies praised the e-KYC feature, which allowed real-time verification of applicants.

CEO of Khosla Labs, Srikanth Nadhamuni said that private companies were extensively using Aadhaar and were working to find innovative solutions using UID.

The group is 50-strong. This includes firms that offer financial services, e-loans, and customer verification solutions. The group called Coalition for Aadhaar aims to promote the unique identity project.

“Coalition for Aadhaar is a set of entities outside of the governmental sector, (that is) private companies who strongly believe in the power of Aadhaar and in its ability to positively impact Indian society and economy,” Saranya Gopinath, spokesperson of the Coalition was quoted by ET.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday will start the final hearing in a bunch of petitions, the earliest filed in 2012. The petitions say that Aadhaar violated individual fundamental right to privacy. CJI Justice Dipak Misra leads the constitution bench that is deciding on the constitutional validity of the UID project.