Aadhaar shall remain optional: Supreme Court

New Delhi,August 11:In an interim order till a Constitution Bench decides on the issue,a three-member Bench of the Supreme Court today ruled that Aadhaar should not be used for availing government welfare schemes other than PDS, food grain distribution, cooking fuel/LPG or for criminal investigation on a court's direction.

The court said, the Central government should ensure wide publicity through print and electronic media that Aadhar card was not mandatory.

No personal information of Aadhar cardholders should be shared by the authorities concerned, it said.

Earlier in the day, the court referred to a Constitution Bench a batch of petitions to declare Aadhar scheme as an intrusion into privacy

Allowing the Centre's plea, the three-judge Bench of Justices J. Chelameswar, S.A. Bobde and C. Nagappan, framed various questions, including as to whether right to privacy is a fundamental right, to be decided by the Constitution Bench.