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SC asks UIDAI & state to ensure Aadhaar cards are provided to those who lost it in Manipur violence

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Guwahati, Sept 26: The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the Unique Identification Authority of India and the Manipur government to take steps to ensure that Aadhaar cards are provided to people who lost their 11-digit unique identification number during the ongoing ethnic violence in Manipur, even as it emphasised the need for prior necessary verification to ensure that “illegal immigrants” didn’t get undue advantage of the exercise.

A bench led by CJI DY Chandrachud ordered the UIDAI Deputy Director General, Guwahati, and the Manipur Home Secretary to issue Aadhaar numbers to those who lost or misplaced their documents on account of displacement during the violence that has claimed at least 175 lives and left more than 70,000 people displaced.

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The Bench, however, clarified that “Necessary verification shall be carried out before issuing Aadhaar cards.”

The directions came after senior advocate Vibha Datta Makhija, representing the panel, urged the top court to issue directions for the re-issuance of Aadhaar numbers to those who lost their documents during the ongoing ethnic violence in Manipur.

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The top court also directed the Bar Associations in Manipur not to prevent any lawyer, regardless of the community he/she belongs to, from appearing before courts. Any violation of the direction would amount to contempt of the court’s order, it said.

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