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Rahul Gandhi thanks SC for supporting Congress' vision on Aadhaar

Rahul said Aadhaar was an instrument of empowerment for his party, but a tool of oppression and surveillance for the BJP.

Published: 26th September 2018 06:49 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th September 2018 06:49 PM   |  A+A-

Rahul Gandhi

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi (File| PTI)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Congress president Rahul Gandhi thanked the Supreme Court for its verdict on the Aadhaar Act on Wednesday, saying it was an instrument of empowerment for his party, but a "tool of oppression and surveillance" for the BJP.

"For Congress, Aadhaar was an instrument of empowerment."

"For the BJP, Aadhaar is a tool of oppression and surveillance."

"Thank you Supreme Court for supporting the Congress vision and protecting India," he said on Twitter.

In its verdict, the apex court declared the Centre's flagship Aadhaar scheme as constitutionally valid, but struck down some of its provisions, including its linking with bank accounts, mobile phones and school admissions.

A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra held that while Aadhaar would remain mandatory for filing of IT returns and allotment of Permanent Account Number (PAN), it would not be mandatory to link Aadhaar to bank accounts and the telecom service providers cannot seek its linking for mobile connections.

It would not be mandatory for school admissions, as also for the examinations conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE), National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for medical entrance and the University Grants Commission (UGC).

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