The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) told the Delhi High Court on Monday that it was technically not possible to match the fingerprints of an unidentified body with the biometrics of 120 crore people stored in its database.
UIDAI submitted before a Bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V K Rao that matching of biometrics, including fingerprints and iris, is done on 1:1 basis and Aadhaar number is required for it.
The court was hearing a petition filed by social activist Amit Sahni seeking a direction to the Centre and UIDAI to utilise Aadhaar biometrics to identify the unidentified dead bodies.The petition has sought a direction to the Centre, UIDAI, NCRB and all the States to scan biometrics of unidentified bodies and process them with Aadhaar portal to trace any pre-existing biometric details.
The UIDAI counsel said that for matching biometrics, it required prints of all the fingers, iris scan and if they go by only one thumb print scanning, there are chances that it would match with multiple persons.The UIDAI had told the high court that it was not at all possible to compare the fingerprints with the information stored.
Noting this, the High Court had dismissed the investigating officer’s plea.