The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to grant stay on government mandating Aadhaar from July 1 to avail benefits of its 17 social schemes, including scholarships, right to food and mid-day meals.
“The Centre itself says that nobody will be deprived of benefits. Heavens will not fall if we do not stay the notification. Such interim orders cannot be passed on mere apprehensions that somebody will be deprived of benefits. Show us some case and then we can do something about it,” said the bench comprising Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice Navin Sinha told senior Shyam Divan.
Divan represented petitioners who requested for interim stay till the apex court gave out judgement on constitutionality of Aadhaar, a case that’s still pending at constitution bench.
The Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told the court that Aadhaar is being made mandatory to ensure that benefits don’t go to “ghosts”.