HC dismisses PIL seeking quashing of order on school admission
Mumbai : The Bombay High Court today dismissed a PIL seeking quashing of a 2015 Maharashtra government resolution making it mandatory for children to submit Aadhaar card while securing school admission.
A division bench of Justices A S Oka and A A Sayyad rejected the public interest litigation challenging the government resolution (GR) issued on April 21, 2015 by which every child while securing admission in any school in the state has to submit a copy of his or her Aadhaar card.
As per the GR, the Aadhaar card number of the child should be linked with the registration number which would be maintained by the school.
The PIL filed by an activist, however, argued that the GR was contrary to order passed by the Supreme Court last year saying submission of Aadhaar card should not be made compulsory by a state government.
The petition contended that not every child in the state would be in a position to procure an Aadhaar card.
The high court observed that the object of the GR is to ensure that every child in the state gets enrolled for education.
“The GR specifies for regular drives to be conducted to provide Aadhaar cards to children. We do not find the need to entertain this petition at this stage,” the court said while dismissing the PIL.