Kapil Sibal Quotes PM Modi To Argue Against Aadhaar ID In Supreme Court

| February 7 , 2018 , 10:23 IST

The arguments against biometric Aadhaar cards in the Supreme Court have been continuing for months, based on a petition challenging the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act, on claims that the Aadhaar ID is a breach of 'Right To Privacy' and that it puts at risk the private details of a person.

In the Supreme Court on Monday, former Union Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal quoted Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his argument against the Aadhaar ID. Sibal quoted PM Modi's statement from the Davos World Economic Forum event where PM Modi said that "he who controls data controls the world" and used it to refer to possible Aadhaar leaks.  

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"I accept that. And he who controls data in India will control India. Information is power and information in the hands of the state will create a state which will exercise power like never before," said Sibal.

"In the era of information technology, the question of possibility of misuse is not just a possibility. It will be misused," the senior advocate told a five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra

Sibal further alleged that making Aadhaar card mandatory was motivated by commercial gains.

"This whole thing is being pushed by conglomerates beyond our borders to sell their products…They can know their customers and customise their products," he said.

Kapil Sibal further claimed that the Central Identities Data Repository (CIDR), that stores biometric details of subscribers, “is controlled by a foreign entity” putting the data at further risk.