The Delhi High Court has issued a notice to the Delhi Government on a public interest litigation filed to challenge its decision to make Aadhar – Unique Identification Number compulsory for availing of benefits and public services offered by it.

Issuing the notice, Justice Rajiv Shakdher asked the Government to respond by October 1 to the petitioner’s plea for quashing of the order making the Aadhar number mandatory while applying for benefits of welfare schemes and public services.

‘Contradicts Planning Commission’s stand’

The petitioner, Ashutosh Chandola, submitted that the city Government had made the number mandatory in contravention of the Planning Commission’s stand that it is optional. Even the Aadhar enrolment form declares that the issuance of number is voluntary and free, the petitioner stated.

The petitioner also urged the Court to direct the Government to accept voters’ identity card, passport and other documents prescribed by the Central Motor Vehicles Rules as proofs of identity and address other than Aadhar number for availing of benefits and services offered by it.