Congress at Supreme Court door for early hearing of plea against Centre for presenting Aadhaar Bill as money bill

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New Delhi | Published: August 29, 2017 12:47:49 PM

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh has requested Supreme Court for an early hearing on his plea challenging the introduction of Aadhaar Bill as money bill in Parliament by the government.

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Congress leader Jairam Ramesh has requested Supreme Court for an early hearing on his plea challenging the introduction of Aadhaar Bill as money bill in Parliament by the government, as per ANI. Earlier, the government had also opposed the petition in the apex court. Former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said the Aadhaar bill was certified as money bill to avoid its scrutiny before the Rajya Sabha which does not have any say on a money bill, as per PTI.

Aadhaar is again back to the headlines after the apex court had given its landmark judgement which deemed privacy as a fundamental right. “The right to privacy is inextricably bound up with all exercises of human liberty,” a justice SA Bobde while giving the Judgement, as per Hindustan Times.

Earlier on 13 Feb, Rohatgi also argued that the Speaker’s decision cannot be challenged in the court. Appearing then for Ramesh, P Chidambaram had said Aadhaar Bill cannot be treated as Money Bill, so the petition has been filed under Article 32. The senior Congress leader while arguing had informed the bench that the Bill had its passage in the Lok Sabha through a voice vote but the Rajya Sabha Chairman, before whom the complaint was made, had said he had no power to act on the Bill certified by the Lok Sabha Speaker.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on March this year introduced The Aadhaar (Target Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill, 2016. The opposition has protested in the Parliament over the legislation being categorised as a money bill which does not need approval of the Rajya Sabha. Attacking the government, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge had said a similar bill was introduced by the UPA government but the NDA has now made it a money bill to “avoid” the Rajya Sabha, as per PTI.

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