The Supreme Court has sought the views of the attorney general (Mukul Rohtagi) regarding the petition filed by Former finance minister P Chidambaram on the “unconstitutional” Aadhaar Act.

The government has to explain the reason behind tabling the Bill as a money Bill. A bench of judges headed by Chief Justice of India TS Thakur has scheduled the next hearing for May 10.
Senior advocate and former finance minister P Chidambaram sought issuance of notice on a petition filed by Congress leader Jairam Ramesh. The bench, however, did not issue notice on Ramesh’s plea.
Jairam Ramesh said his petition was meant to “thwart an alarming attempt made by members of the Lok Sabha subverting the democratic and constitutional process of law-making.”

Further, he questioned if the “present case, in view of the deliberate attempt to bypass the Rajya Sabha by introducing an ordinary financial Bill as a money Bill, is a blatant constitutional fraud being played on the democratic process of law-making?” He has also questioned the legality of the Lok Sabha Speaker’s authority to declare a Bill as a Money Bill.
The Aadhaar Act was passed on March 16, 2016, in the Budget Session of Parliament. It was introduced by the government as a money Bill in the Lok Sabha, which dismissed all amendments made by the Rajya Sabha.

The Aadhaar Act aims at distributing subsidies through an unique identity given to each citizen of the country.
Finance minister Arun Jaitley, who moved the Bill in both Houses, dismissed the Opposition’s argument that Parliament cannot legislate on an issue which is pending in the Supreme Court.
In the last few years, Aadhaar has been widely debated and has been challenged in the Supreme Court by individuals as it collects biometric data of citizens, at a time when India does not have privacy laws.

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