SC ruling on review of verdict upholding Aadhaar scheme validity

The Supreme Court pronounced its verdict on pleas seeking review of a verdict upholding the Centre's flagship Aadhaar scheme as constitutionally valid but striking down some of its provisions, including its linking with bank accounts, mobile phones, and school admissions today. A five-judge bench, comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan, S A Nazeer, and B R Gavai, will look in-chambers a batch of review pleas challenging the September 26, 2018 verdict. In a 4-1 verdict that also quashed some contentious provisions of the Aadhaar Act, the top court, however, had held Aadhaar would be needed for availing facilities of welfare schemes and government subsidies.