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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court will hear on Monday a petition moved by Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala challenging the Centre’s June 19 notification linking Aadhaar to Voter ID.
A bench comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud and A S Bopanna will be hearing the petition which challenges The Election Laws (Amendment) Bill passed last year.
Surjewala has contended that the linking of the cards “infringes upon the Fundamental Right of Privacy of citizens and therefore is unconstitutional and ultra vires the Constitution of India”.
The Centre has, however, defended the move claiming that linking Aadhaar with Voter IDs was critical to eliminating fake and redundant voter cards, thereby making elections fair and transparent.
The Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, authorising the linking of Aadhaar with Voter IDs, was passed by the Lok Sabha through a voice vote in December 2021.
In 2015, a similar move to link voter ID to Aadhaar was put on the backburner after the Supreme Court observed that “the Aadhaar card scheme was purely voluntary” and was only meant to be proof of residence, not proof of citizenship.
(With inputs from agencies)

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