Published On: Tue, Feb 6th, 2018

Aadhaar Hearing: Sibal Repeats Modi’s Davos Speech ‘One Who Controls Data Would Control World’

One who controls data would control the world. This sentence was delivered by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi very recently in Davos during the World Economic Forum. The same is now being said by West Bengal in the Supreme Court during the hearing of Center’s ambitious Aadhaar scheme by a five-judge Constitutional bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra. While putting forth arguments the Mamata Banerjee government said the Centre would control personal information of citizens to have a grip over them.

The Apex Court is hearing a clutch of pleas challenging validity of Aadhaar scheme constitutionally and the enabling of 2016 law. The bench comprises of justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan.

Appearing for the WB government the senior advocate Kapil Sibal referred to the PM’s speech at Davos. He quoted saying, “Whoever controls data is the most powerful and can shape the world.”

Sibal added can Aadhaar be held as constitutional as it was nothing but the right to information.

He continued, “The answer is ‘no’.”

Aadhaar Hearing -Sibal Repeats Modi's Davos Speech 'One Who Controls Data Would Control World'

The high-profile advocate said the Supreme Court is now hearing the most important case since independence and the key point should be that Indian citizens would not be deprived of their fundamentals rights including the right to have choices.

He added further that no technology was safe and even no assurance can be given such personal data of people would remain safe in digital space.

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