The government agencies and banks, both nationalised and private and financial services are repeatedly in the process of compelling citizens to link the Aadhar and UID to bank accounts and also to mobile phone numbers. Is this not in contempt of the recent Supreme court judgement that upheld the “Right to privacy” of all citizens and in gross violation of the Supreme Court’s Orders?
Retired Major General S.G. Vombatkere has in a letter to the Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Dr. Hasmukh Adhia pointed out this gross violation by the central government. The letter has also been addressed to Dr. Urjit Patel, Governor, Reserve Bank of India and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Dipak Misra.
Issue immediate notification that Aadhaar is not mandatory
“The use of Aadhaar for linking to other databases, retention, storage or publishing is not only prohibited but also a punishable offence under the The Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act 2016.
7. It is evident that the GSR 538(E) to require linkage of Aadhaar is invalid and bad in law. More over it is in contempt of the Supreme Court and a disrespect for the Rule of Law. The tactic to coerce people under an invalid legislation that is in contempt of court is undemocratic and deplorable.”
The letter ends with an urgent appeal to “issue an immediate and urgent notification and advertise widely highlighting these facts and that banks can not and do not require or use Aadhaar numbers or Aadhaar information for any process including KYC and payment transactions.”