SC declines PIL on ATM,credit cards

PIL wanted govt to ensure fraud and other crimes do not cost credit cardholders dear.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: April 2, 2012 4:33 pm

The Supreme Court today declined to entertain a PIL seeking a direction to the government to make mandatory imprinting of photograph and signature of holders on their credit,debit and ATM cards issued by banks to prevent their misuse.

“There are already some guidelines,” a bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia said while referring to the instructions by RBI.

“Banks can take care of all these. You have written a letter to RBI in this regard,” the bench,also comprising justices A K Patnaik and Swatanter Kumar,said while dismissing the PIL filed by a Kolkata resident Avishek Goenka.

The PIL had submitted that holders of these cards are prone to be targeted by criminals resulting in direct crimes ranging from snatching,pick pocketing to fraud.

“Hence,it is the need to incorporate deterrents in form of mandatory imprinting of photograph and signature of the holder on the face of the card,” the PIL said.

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