The Supreme Court has refused to entertain a plea seeking a direction to the Centre and Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) which will allow them to utilize Aadhaar biometrics of unidentified dead bodies to trace their identity. A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur, S Abdul Nazeer and Deepak Gupta observed that the petitioner should approach the Delhi High Court as he has already filed a case in the court for using Aadhaar biometrics for the purpose of tracing and reuniting missing and mentally challenged persons with their families, stating, "we are not inclined to entertain this plea." The petitioner had sought a direction to the Centre, UIDAI, National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB), and all the states to scan biometrics of unidentified dead bodies which would then be processed with the Aadhaar portal to trace any pre-existing biometric data.
The plea also sought directions to constitute special courts for speedy disposal of cases pertaining to unidentified dead bodies under the Aadhaar Act on the very same day or the next day, irrespective of holidays. A five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court had, previously, declared the Aadhaar scheme as constitutionally valid but struck down some of its provisions including linking Aadhar with bank accounts, mobile phones, and school admissions. The bench had held that while Aadhaar would remain mandatory for filing of Income Tax returns and allotment of Permanent Account Number (PAN), it will not be compulsory to link Aadhaar to bank accounts, and telecom service providers cannot make the linking compulsory in order to provide mobile connections.
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