Menon contended that Aadhaar was an “insecure, unreliable, unnecessary and inappropriate technology project which is being foisted with coercion on the most vulnerable section of Indians and is threatening their constitutional and legal rights and entitlements every day by denying access to several basic needs”.
A petitioner in the Aadhaar case Kalyani Sen Menon has questioned the Centre’s claim regarding the number of enrolments in the scheme and its benefits.
In a response to Centre’s counter affidavit ahead of the hearing on June 27, Menon said the figure of 115 crore given by the Centre was far exaggerated and termed it a “puffery”. “That the faulty premise of the argument of respondent for an ostensible lack of representative character is based on the number of persons who have been enrolled within the Aadhaar scheme. Herein the respondent has attempted to conflate the number of persons enrolled to argue an impossibility of exclusion. To make such an assertion it brings forth two statistics, the first being more than 95.10% of India’s entire population possesses a Aadhaar and further with 115.15 Crore enrolments Aadhaar has the widest coverage amongst citizens. It is humbly submitted such figures amount to puffery”, said the response filed through Advocate-on-Record Vipin Nair.
Justifying her argument that the whole figures were a “puffery”, the petitioner sites several grounds:
“It is further submitted that here exist no reasonable class of exclusions in the notifications made under the Aadhaar Act, 2016 which are applicable to persons irrespective of disability, age or other factors. It is submitted that in the absence of any such reasonable class of exclusions Aadhaar has been made mandatory for vulnerable sections such as bonded labourers, children availing mid-day meals especially in drought prone areas; allowance, benefits and scholarships for students with disabilities.” It said.