How can you make Aadhaar mandatory when we passed order saying it’s optional: SC to Centre

In reply, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said the government now has an Act to use the Unique Identification Number.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 21, 2017 4:51 pm
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The Supreme Court on Friday said that it will decide on whether Aadhaar card can be made mandatory, for filing of Income Tax (I-T) returns, next week. The apex court asked the government to justify the need for making Aadhaar card mandatory for filing I-T returns.

News agency ANI quoted the Supreme Court bench as asking: “How can you make Aadhaar card mandatory when we have passed an order to make it optional?” In reply, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said the government now has an Act to use the Unique Identification Number. “We found a number of PAN cards being used to divert funds to shell companies. To prevent it, the only option is to make Aadhaar card mandatory,” he said, according to ANI.

The Union government, last month, made providing one’s Aadhaar number a compulsory detail for filing IT returns and for obtaining and retaining the permanent account number (PAN). Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the move was aimed to link PAN cards with Aadhaar and to identify those who avoided taxes by having duplicate PANs.

The Supreme Court, in it previous order on the issue dated August 11, 2015, said that Aadhaar cannot be made mandatory for government schemes.  “The Union of India shall give wide publicity in the electronic and print media including radio and television networks that it is not mandatory for a citizen to obtain an Aadhaar card. The production of an Aadhaar card will not be condition for obtaining any benefits otherwise due to a citizen,” the court said in its judgement.

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    Sundaram
    Apr 22, 2017 at 9:22 pm
    High time for the government to introduce another ID card - PEHCHAN - wherein, scanning of foot impressions, Height of the person, Weight of the person, Mother Tongue, Place of Birth, Time of Birth, Place of Education, Educational Qualifications, Father's Name, Mother's name can be incorporated and submitted to the authorities for correct identification of the individual.
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      mukesh patel
      Apr 22, 2017 at 12:54 pm
      I see no rason for apexcourt to object to govt.motive of making addhar mandatory in allschemes they run or start.
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      1. Vamsee Krishna M
        Apr 21, 2017 at 10:33 pm
        If ic thing like standing in the movie theatre to prove your patriotism is mandatory then why shouldn't aadhar be mandatory which aims to curb corruption in social welfare and streamline govt services. Supreme court of India has finally became senile. Just because you aren't accountable doesn't mean you can do what ever you want to.
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          S Venkataraman
          Apr 21, 2017 at 8:50 pm
          Why should it not be made mandatory? What is wrong in it? The opposition wanted to score a point in RS by wanting this requirement as a non money bill. The govt. acted smartly and outwitted the opposition. It is law now. Why should SC entertain such pe ions? Probably it is not having work.
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            mdharmnath
            Apr 21, 2017 at 8:33 pm
            This is the actual ego clash knowing fully well that it is aimed to uproot corruption
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