Aadhaar Card Issues

‘Supreme Court can review Money Bill’


Mains Paper 2: Polity | Structure, organization & functioning of the Executive & the Judiciary

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Money Bill, fundamental right to privacy and personal autonomy

Mains level: Debate related to Aadhar and privacy issues

Review of the Money bill

  1. The Lok Sabha Speaker’s decision to declare Aadhaar Bill as a Money Bill attains finality only as far as parliamentarians are concerned
  2. It does not prevent the Supreme Court from judicially reviewing the Speaker’s wisdom
  3. This argument was put up before a five-judge Bench, which is testing whether the Aadhaar scheme is a violation of the fundamental right to privacy and personal autonomy
  4. The bench had earlier raised doubts about whether it can question the Speaker’s decision to declare the Aadhaar Act as a Money Bill
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