The Modi government has been caught lying about Aadhaar yet again but this time the government admitted it before the Supreme Court on the 33rd day of the final hearings on the constitutional validity of Aadhaar.
For months, the BJP- led NDA government told the people that the Supreme Court had ordered the mandatory linking of SIM with Aadhaar as those annoying messages, bordering on the dire, from your mobile service providers would have told you.
But on 25 April, senior counsel Rakesh Dwivedi admitted that the Supreme Court had not given any such order, after the five-judge Constitution bench pointed this out.
Dwivedi was discussing the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) notification, dated 23 March 2017, which asked telecom operators to conduct an Aadhaar-based re-verification of all existing pre-paid and post-paid mobile numbers through the e-KYC (Know Your Customer) process.
In fact, in September 2017, Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad himself had said on Twitter that the Supreme Court had made it compulsory to link mobile numbers with Aadhaar after some people questioned the move. Of course, this is not the first time that the Modi government has lied to the public — and even to court, apparently — about Aadhaar.
It has been revealed that the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) had been fudging data to show how Aadhaar has helped eliminate duplicate or “ghost” beneficiaries of welfare schemes, to support the Modi government’s claims — and those trumped-up figures were even presented before the Supreme Court in September 2015.