SCI Refuse To Accept West Bengal's Petition Filed Against Aadhaar Act

SCI Refuse To Accept West Bengal's Petition Filed Against Aadhaar Act

SCI Refuse To Accept West Bengal's Petition Filed Against Aadhaar Act

The West Bengal BJP on Monday welcomed the Supreme Court's questioning of the state government's challenge to Aadhaar and accused Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of involving her government on every issue.

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"Court has given its verdict, we appreciate it", Mamata Banerjee said.

While the Aadhaar card had been introduced by the previous UPA government, the current BJP-led government has been pushing for the card to be mandatory and linked to everything including the pan card, bank account, mobile phones, drivers license and even for children admission into schools.

"In a federal structure, how can a state file a plea challenging Parliament's mandate?" the apex court asked.

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Aadhaar is being challenged in the court amid apprehensions that it violated right to privacy - which a nine-judge bench had already declared as a fundamental right - with the use of biometric details like fingerprints and iris scans.

Venugopal also told the court that falsehoods had being propagated against Aadhaar, including how linking it was a must for CBSE students to appear in Class 10 and 12 exams. Telecoms have been told that they must verify their customers against their Aadhaar, and all future phone connections must not be issued without an Aadhaar check, which has been objected to in the top court.

Senior advocate and member of parliament Kalyan Banerjee said the petition was filed earlier and would come up for hearing before the bench on October 30.

An apex court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar, and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud ordered the next hearing in the last week of November, after Attorney General K.K. Venugopal informed the court that the Centre had filed a detailed affidavit to deny all allegations on expansion of Aadhaar linkages.

"Under no circumstances will I link my Aadhaar with my telephone number". The court has given all respondents in the case four weeks time to file their reply.

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