Modi govt used Aadhaar Act as surveillance tool to violate citizen’s privacy, says Kapil Sibal

Kapil Sibal
Former Human Resource Development Minister of India

New Delhi, Sep 27: Attacking the Narendra Modi government, Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal said Aadhaar Act was specifically designed as mass surveillance tool by the current government that was threatening the privacy of Indian citizens.

“Aadhaar Act, NDA version, was designed to become a “Sarkari and Corporate Sector, Adhikar Act,” to be used as a surveillance tool violating a citizen’s privacy. It is comforting that the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the citizen. Three cheers,” Kapil Sibal said.

Welcoming the Supreme Court verdict on Aadhaar, Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Wednesday said that the decision to strike down the Modi governments “surveillance tool” will put an end to the government’s “abuse of power”.

Speaking on the privacy breach due to the involvement of private companies in Aadhaar scheme, he stated by striking down Section 57 of Aadhaar Act, Supreme Court has put an end to mass surveillance exercise being carried out under the guise of Aadhaar by the Central Government and the “grotesque distortion of an idea conceived by the UPA”.

This was not the Aadhaar Act this was ‘Sarkari Adhikar Act’, Sibal said.

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