The bench headed by Justice BS Chauhan said the Apex Court has received bulk of letters, saying the UID or Aadhar cards are made mandatory for availing government services.

"If there are any instructions that Aadhaar is mandatory, it should be withdrawn immediately" a bench of justices B S Chauhan and J Chelameswar said while staying the order of the Goa bench of the Bombay High Court directing sharing of data collected for issuing Aadhaar card to citizens with CBI for solving a rape case.
    
Moreover, the Apex Court has also directed the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and the Centre to not share the biometric data with any third party without the card holder’s consent.  The probe agency had sought the data base, including biometrics of persons from Goa, so that those could be compared with the ones obtained from the crime scene for the purpose of investigating rape of a minor girl in a school premises in Vasco.

The Apex Court had in its September 2013 interim order said Aadhaar card be not made mandatory for people for availing government services and nobody should be deprived of such facilities for want of the card.
    
The bench passed the order on a petition filed by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) challenging the High Court order which asked it to consider sharing biometric data collected from people with CBI in order to help the investigating agency solve a rape case in Vasco.
    
The High Court had in on February 26 interim order directed the Director-General, Central Forensic and Scientific Laboratory (CFSL), New Delhi, to appoint an expert to ascertain if its data base has the technological capability for matching the chance fingerprints electronically obtained.

The Aadhar scheme, which was introduced in 2009, gives every citizen of the country a unique 12-digit identity number linked to the person's biometrics.

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