The court has posted the matter for further hearing on July 7. Photograph: (Reuters)
The Supreme Court has refused to pass an interim order against the Centre's notification that a person must have an Aadhaar card to avail the benefits of government welfare schemes
The Supreme Court has refused to pass an interim order on the Centre's notification that an Aadhar card is necessary to avail the benefits of government welfare schemes.
PTI reported that a vacation bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and Navin Sinha said no interim order can be passed at this stage on the "mere apprehension" of the petitioners that the government may deprive people of the benefits of government welfare schemes if they do not have an Aadhaar card.
During the hearing, PTI reported, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the bench that the Centre has extended the June 30 deadline to September 30 for people who do not have an Aadhaar card and are availing social welfare schemes.
Senior advocate Shyam Divan, appearing for the petitioners, PTI reported, told the court that the Centre should be directed not to deprive any person of the benefits of government welfare schemes due to the lack of an Aadhaar card.
"No interim order can be passed in mandamus on mere apprehensions. You have to wait for one week. If somebody is deprived (of the benefits) you can point out the same to this court," PTI reported the bench as telling Divan.
The court has posted the matter for further hearing on July 7.
The apex court was hearing three separate petitions challenging the government's notification making Aadhaar cards mandatory for the availing of government welfare schemes.