Supreme Court denies interim order against Centre’s notice on Aadhaar Card


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court declined to pass any temporary order against the Centre’s demand of making Aadhaar compulsory for using profits of several social welfare schemes.

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A team headed by Justices A M Khanwilkar and Navin Sinha asserted that no temporary order can be passed at this period on the “sheer anxiety” of requester that government may divest people from using  advantages of several social welfare schemes because of lack of Aadhaar.

On June 9, the panel referred to the decision recently taken by the apex court in which it had supported the importance of an Income Tax Act provision making Aadhaar compulsory for share of PAN cards and lodging of tax returns, but had put a partial wait on its execution till a Constitution bench conduct the matter of right to privacy.

The bench stated, “In view of the observations made in the judgement in Para 90 of the case… decided on June 9, no further observation is required.”

Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta directed the panel that the Centre has increased the deadline to September 30 from June 30 for those who do not hold Aadhaar and are taking the profits of several social welfare schemes.

Senior advocate Shyam Divan, emerging for requester directed the court that Government should be told not to divest any person of the profits of social welfare schemes which he/she is taking pleasure now because of short of of Aadhaar.

“No interim order can be passed in mandamus on mere apprehensions. You have to wait for one week. If somebody is deprived (of the benefits) you can point out the same to this court,” Divan stated.

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Three separate pleas demanding government’s notice making Aadhaar compulsory for using benefits of several social welfare schemes was announced by the apex court.