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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice in a PIL seeking a direction to issue Aadhaar cards to around 27 lakh people who were added in the supplementary list of the Assam National Register of Citizens issued in August 2019.

A bench of Justices UU Lalit, S Ravindra Bhat and PS Narasimha issued notice to the Central Government, Registrar General of India, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) in the case filed by All India Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Sushmita Dev. ), and the State of Assam.

 

According to senior advocate Vishwajit Deb, representing the petitioner, the question in the case was whether people whose names were included in the second NRC list could be denied Aadhaar cards. He said that the current number of such people is 27.43 lakh. He further said that those in the first NRC list published in December 2017 have got their Aadhar cards, while those in the supplementary list are yet to get their Aadhar cards.

“My only wish is to issue Aadhar card. Denial of Aadhaar leads to denial of basic services and necessities. As per the Aadhaar Act, every resident is entitled to have an Aadhaar card” when the bench questioned what was the complaint of the petitioner, Deb said. The bench agreed to issue notice and fix the matter for hearing in May.

 

The petition was presented through Advocate-on-record. According to Tulika Mukherjee, whose names were included in the final list, she tried to apply for an Aadhaar card, but her applications were rejected by the UIDAI. The petitioner claims that he has received representations from several persons who have been unable to obtain the Aadhar card. The suit claims that denying Aadhaar cards to people in the second list is discriminatory and arbitrary, resulting in violation of Article 14.

The petition said, “It is submitted that by not providing Aadhaar numbers to the people appearing in the final list dated 31.08. being dealt with. Unlike those whose names appeared in the first draft list on 31.12.2017. It is submitted that there is no bar in respect of those whose names appeared in the first draft list and subsequently in the NRC list as on 31.08.2019. It is deposited. Both groups of people are equal in the sense that their names appear in the NRC and, therefore, should be treated equally with respect to their rights which arise out of their registration.”

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