He announces the batting line up ...says he will be followed by Rakesh Dwivedi (UIDAI), Jayant Bhushan (RBI) Sr advs and Gopal sankaranarayan appearing for intervenors.
Says Aadhaar is a serious effort..all alternatives such as smart cards were considered and then decisions taken.
CJI asks him first to meet the legal contentions that the Petitioners...
He gives a brief list of 14 points raised..including all usual suspects. A-G agrees it is a good summary.
Some discussion in the Bench.
A-G says at the end they will also show a 4-minute video of the security arrangements in the building etc.
Next point is that for a long time till 2016 Aadhaar was purely voluntary and no question of FR violation in that case.
Sikri J observes that it is a conflict were both parties are invoking Article 21.
DYC J says poiltical guarantees advance economic rights and not the other way round. Cites the Bengal Famine and Mahrashtra famine...
Bhushan J does not agree with the proposition.
A-G asserts that those two rights have to be balanced and Court to make a value judgment.
DYC J and Sikri J ask how there could be waiver or assumption of informed consent.
We now get the broad line that the Union is taking. Union are of the opinion that the "balance" of rights favours them.
Sikri J jokes that some economists have gone into this figure and proved him wrong. He laughingly saying it is 17 paise, not 15!
Bench rises for lunch.
Referring to Binoy Viswam extracts ..particularly the paras that quote from Jean Dreze and Amartya Sen book.
(Recall that Jean Dreze has filed 2 affidavits in this matter contradicting..
Sikri J interrupts and aska about the first notification relatable to Employees Pension scheme. Asks where is the question of leakage or fraud in that case?
Sikri J says exclusion is aggravating when....
A-G says there has to be an actual case...
DYC J ans Sikri J don't look convinced.
A-G refers to World Bank saying Unique Id is the only way to progress (Me thinks: !!!)
Link here: drive.google.com/a/advocatepras…
Sikri J questions on proportionality and says there are many admissions and they were read out by Petitioners including 49k enrollers having been blacklisted.
Bench rises for the day.
A-G again presses for CEO of UIDAI presentation.
KV Viswanathan, sr. Adv for petitioners asks for the right to question. Bench agrees but says it cannot be a freewheeling cross examination.