In two separate incidents , two aadhaar cards of the same person with different date of births were found to be submitted to the courts.
The first incident concerns a habeas corpus petition being heard by the Madhya Pradesh High court.
The court came across two Aadhaar cards pertaining to one individual bearing the same number, having different dates of birth and directed the state government and the Unique Identification Authority of India to conduct enquiries in this regard.
The petitioner in this case and the girl (corpus) had produced Aadhaar card. The date of birth in the one produced by the corpus was 01.01.1997 and in the other, it was 2.9.2000. Both cards had the same Aadhaar number.
The court had then directed the UIDAI to place on record the complete procedure for incorporating data on Aadhaar card and also the procedure on the basis of which such data can be changed/ corrected.
The bench posted the matter on 27th March, and observed: “State functionaries are also directed to cause in-depth enquiry in respect of the authenticity of the Aadhaar Cards which is the subject matter in the present petition; as this Court is not satisfied the manner in which the enquiry has been conducted and the status report has been filed.”
In a another case , alarmed over the use of Aadhaar cards containing wrong particulars, Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued a notice to the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and sought a response from it on the matter. Punjab Police has also been directed to investigate an Aadhaar card issued on the basis of a wrong date of birth of its owner. “It is being seen by this Court in such like matters that Aadhaar Cards are produced in Court giving therein dates of birth, some of which are found to be incorrect.”
The order has been passed by the bench based on a plea filed by a Ferozepur-based runaway couple, who are seeking protection fearing life threat from their parents and relatives for marrying against their wishes.
When the case came up for hearing for first time before Justice Singh on February 19, the court was informed that the girl is of more than 19 years of age while her husband is of more than 33 years of age. “Neither are the petitioners in any prohibited relationship to each other, nor has any of them been married earlier,” the counsel representing the couple told the bench. The court issued notice to the respondents including the police. However, the bench during the hearing on March 16 was informed that while the family of the man has been contacted, no police official has visited the village of the girl to make an enquiry about her age. Dismayed over the conduct of the police, Justice Singh directed the SSP Ferozepur to file a personal affidavit as to why the police could not even investigate the age of the girl.
An Aadhaar card showing the girl’s date birth as ‘01.01.1996’ was also produced before the bench during the hearing. However, the court earlier in an affidavit attached with the petition had been told that she was born on ‘05.10.1998’. The police was asked to look again into the documents. Deputy Advocate General of Punjab, Monika Jalota on Tuesday informed the bench that the police is investigating whether the Aadhaar has been forged or not, and how the copy was obtained after providing the particular date of birth. The court was also told that age mentioned in the school register is ‘13.03.1999’.
“She submits that though petitioner no.1 is found to be above 18 years of age as per her birth certificate verified from the Additional District Registrar, Births and Deaths, Fazilka, however the date given in the copy of the Aadhaar card supplied on the last date of hearing by learned counsel for the petitioners, shows her date of birth to be 01.01.1996,” the order reads. UIDAI has been asked to submit its response on the matter on April 23. The court in the latest order has noted, “on what basis the Aadhaar Card has been issued giving that date of birth, is wholly un-understood.”
What is interesting is the fact that in a reply to a RTI enquiry, the UIDAI stated that its role is limited to the issuance of Aadhaar numbers and provision of authentication services for establishing identity of beneficiaries. It does not define identification, or take any responsibility for identification, or provide any information about the difference between identification and authentication.
In a nutshell, the UIDAI merely issues a person a number based on the documents submitted by the person at the time of enrollment. The UIDAI has NO way of verifying if the documents submitted are genuine or not. Documents and fingerprints are taken and the person is issued with an Aadhaar card. When an organization/entity asks for your biometrics, all that the UIDAI does is match it with your biometrics in its database and verify if it’s the same. So basically, anyone could simply go to an enrollment centre with fake documents and get an Aadhaar card , which has already happened time and again.
Take a look at how a Pakistani spy and Hanuman ji were issued an Aadhaar card
Heres another case of an Aadhaar card with Hanuman ji’s name and picture on it.
Also , take a look at how easy it is for an illegal immigrant to get an aadhaar card , exposed by Cobrapost in a series of sting operations years back.
The above sting operation was done about 4 years back. Even after 4 years we face the very same problems which simply goes on to prove the fact that
Aadhaar is flawed BY DESIGN.