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SC to consider plea against linking PAN with Aadhaar

Made Aadhaar mandatory to prevent fund diversion to shell companies Centre Image for representation only
Melinda Barton | 21 April, 2017, 19:39

The Supreme Court will next hear the plea challenging the government's move to make Aadhar mandatory on April 25.

The court also asked the Union Government that is making Aadhar mandatory by force the only way to tackle fraud and fake pan card?

The Supreme Court today questioned the Centre for making Aadhaar mandatory for procuring Permanent Account Number (PAN) card.

In its last order, the Supreme Court had said that Aadhaar can not be made compulsory for government schemes as many people did not have Aadhaar cards.

He also explained the decision on mandatory linking of PAN card with Aadhaar would reduce chances of duplications as it was found one man could possess several PAN cards on different names.

The ruling came after the government announced that the 12-digit card will be required for nearly 36 central schemes, including: free mid-day meals for school children, scholarships, various other schemes for backward castes and the differently-abled.

PAN cards are necessary for filing taxes, a legal requirement.

The AG said that fake PAN cards were being used to divert finds to shell companies to justify the Centre's move to make Aadhaar cards compulsory for PAN cards.

The government in March made providing Aadhaar number a compulsory requirement for filing IT returns, as well as for obtaining the PAN. "They (government and its agencies) can not be stopped from seeking Aadhaar for non-benefit schemes like opening of bank accounts", a bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar had said.

The apex court took up the matter again in September 2016 - after Parliament had passed a controversial Aadhaar Bill - to reiterate that Aadhaar could not be made mandatory until the five-judge bench disposed of the case.