Biometric ID Card, Mr Bhadain Roshi: "The Law Allows Police to Access the Database"

6 years, 10 months ago - April 22, 2014
The trial that Pravind Jugnauth, leader of the Militant Socialist Movement (MSM) brings to the State regarding the biometric identity card was called Monday's Supreme Court.

Mr Roshi Bhadain advocate of Pravind Jugnauth, reiterated the concerns of the client on a possible violation of the Constitution. Mr Bhadain Roshi replied to a request for "further and better particulars" made by the representative of the prosecution, Mr. Shah Nawaz Namdarkhan.

According to Mr. Roshi Bhadain, taking biometric data of an individual and its possible preservation in a database can lead to abuse. Counsel for the leader of the MSM explained that people can easily be identified at a rally. "It is very dangerous for a democratic state," the lawyer stressed.

In addition, Mr. Bhadain Roshi says that the law in its current form, allows the police to have access to this database, despite the fact that those responsible for the project of biometric identity card gave assurances that 'there will be no abuse.

In addition to the explanations given in court, Mr Roshi Bhadain has committed to submit written responses to the representative of the prosecutor, so that it can decide how to proceed. The case was adjourned until next Friday.

Pravind Jugnauth is also represented by Girish Nunkoo, confessed. His complaint was lodged 18 October 2013. Lawmakers leader of the MSM have requested that the matter be addressed urgently because of the deadline of September 15, 2014 to obtain the identity card biometric.

 

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