Kolkata High Court ruled that Aadhaar is Proof of Identity, not of Citizenship. Court state this while rejecting a citizenship claim of a 42-year Bangladeshi national. This person has shown the card in view of his long residence in the country. As per the Court, Aadhaar is Proof of Identity, not of Citizenship.
Aadhaar is Proof of Identity, not of Citizenship:
This order by Kolkata High Court Order comes close to the heels that the new passport rules where Aadhar and E-Aadhar with Date of Birth will now be acceptable as a valid identity proof.
A person caught under Section 14F of the Indian Foreigners Act. He claims to be an Indian citizen on the basis of Aadhar card. As per the new Aadhar Act, 2016; Justice Joymalya Bagchi says, Aadhaar is Proof of Identity, not of Citizenship or domicile for the claimant.
The question is, whether Aadhaar is Proof of Identity, not of Citizenship?
With Government’s mission for going cashless, now Aadhar is compulsory in various sectors in the country; such as for bank accounts, to get a mobile connection. Even, recently Aadhar has been made compulsory for Tirupati devotees. If you wish to trek the Tirumala hills on foot, you will secure an authorized ticket only if you produce Aadhar Card. Not only this, but Aadhar is now mandate for patients at the Outpatient Department (OPD) at the Civil hospital in Gurugram.
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New Passport Rule says, Aadhaar is now acceptable as a proof of identity. The Kolkata High Court says Aadhaar is Proof of Identity, not of Citizenship. Which document will cater to the proof of citizenship? Because, with the help of Aadhaar, you can get all other documents. Such as PAN, Voter Card, Passport, Driving License, Bank Accounts, etc.