The Supreme Court is hearing a challenge to the Delhi High Court ruling that the Delhi Police did not have to furnish the Aadhaar card of an Indian citizen accused of rape

A court in Delhi on Tuesday ordered a review of the Delhi high court ruling that said the Delhi police was obliged to furnish an Aadhaar card to an Indian accused accused of raping a woman in a Delhi bus station.

The Delhi high commission had last year said the police had to furnish a copy of the Aadhaar application for the accused, identified as Akshay, to prove that the accused was the victim of rape.

A bench headed by Chief Justice V.S. Ramakrishnan said the order would be taken up in a week.

In December 2016, the Supreme Court had said the requirement to furnish Aadhaar cards was not applicable to accused who did not live in the Delhi region.

The court had said there was a constitutional requirement for the police to furnish such documents to persons accused of crime.

The bench had said it could not find any case in which the police in Delhi were obliged to supply such documents.

The Supreme Court, however, said that if the police failed to provide such information within six months after the accused’s arrest, the case could be referred to a special investigation team, which would be made up of a judge and a chief judge.

The court had, however rejected a plea by the Delhi government that it was obliged by the law to furnish copies of the documents.