Use Aadhaar biometrics to identify bodies, urges plea

Likely to be heard by High Court today

November 12, 2018 02:05 am | Updated 02:05 am IST - New Delhi

A plea filed in the Delhi High Court has sought a direction to the Centre and Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to utilise Aadhaar biometrics to identify bodies.

The plea, likely to come up for hearing on Monday, was filed by social activist Amit Sahni.

Directions sought

The petition has sought a direction to the Centre, the UIDAI, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) and all the States to scan biometrics of unidentified bodies and process them with the Aadhaar portal to trace pre-existing biometric details.

The plea said despite registering biometrics and scanning more than 1.22 billion citizens on the Aadhaar portal, the same was not being utilised for identifying unidentified bodies.

The petition also sought directions to the Centre and the UIDAI to share pre-existing Aadhaar details, if already there, without delay, with the NCRB and States for identification of bodies.

Mr. Sahni, also an advocate, has sought directions to constitute special courts for speedy disposal of cases pertaining to unidentified bodies under the Aadhaar Act on the same day or the next day, irrespective of holidays.

A similar plea was earlier filed by the petitioner before the Supreme Court, which asked him to approach the High Court.

Manpower, expenditure

The petition sought directions to the authorities, saying usage of Aadhaar information will not only reduce manpower, expenditure and burden on the State in disposing unidentified bodies but the bodies can also be handed over to families in a short span of time.

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