The Supreme Court on Thursday disposed of the Special Leave Petition challenging the Chhattisgarh High Court order by which it had made Aadhaar card of the accused as well as surety mandatory before obtaining bail.
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud disposed of the petition filed by advocate Peeyush Bhatia after the counsel for the Chhattisgarh Bar Council informed the bench that it has moved the high court seeking modification of particular directions.
The apex court directed the Chhattisgarh High Court to deal with the application filed by the Bar Council within 10 days.
“We have been apprised by the learned counsel appearing for the Chhattisgarh Bar Council that it has filed an application for modification of the directions issued by the High Court in paragraph 10 of the impugned order. In view of the aforesaid, we would request the High Court to deal with the application as per law within a span of ten days hence,” it ordered.
It is to be noted that the Chhattisgarh High Court had, on January 5, passed an order making Aadhaar mandatory to check fictitious persons coming up as sureties.
It had passed a string of directions even as the Constitutional validity of Aadhaar is under challenge before the Supreme Court.
The order came to be challenged by Bhatia on the grounds that the apex court is considering the validity of the Aadhaar Act and the order is going to adversely affect the rights of prisoners.
As for the directions contained in Paragraph 10 of the high court order of which the Bar Council has sought modification, they are as under: