SC to decide validity of law linking Aadhaar with Pan card

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Rohtagi made this submission when the Supreme Court asked the Centre as to why the Aadhaar card should be made mandatory when an order has already been passed to make it optional.

One of the petitioners - Binoy Viswam, a senior Communist Party of India (CPI) leader - has contended that Aadhaar can not be made mandatory for PAN card and filing of Income Tax returns when the choice of making an Aadhaar card is voluntary and left it to the citizen. "Anyway, we will hear it on Wednesday", the bench of Justices A.K. Sikri and Ashok Bhushan told attorney-general Mukul Rohatgi during a brief hearing.

To this, the bench observed "is this the remedy that you need to have Aadhaar for having PAN?"

Arvind Datar, senior counsel appearing for Viswam, said the new law mandated the cancellation of existing PAN cards unless they were linked to the Aadhaar card.

Visman, in his petition challenging Section 139AA, contended that though he holds a Pan card but has not applied for the Aadhaar card as same was not mandatory as per the orders of the top court as well as the provisions of the Aadhaar Act.

He also told the Supreme Court there is now an Act in place to make Aadhaar mandatory to file the Income Tax returns.

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"There is a legislative mandate now". The petitions challenged the constitutionality of Section 139AA inserted in the Income Tax Act, 1961, by the Finance Act, 2017. "Why has it been made mandatory despite this court's order?"

However, the top court had added that the government can not be prevented from seeking these cards for "non-benefit" purposes like opening of bank account and filing of I-T returns.

Senior counsel Arvind Datar, representing the petitioner, told the bench, "As per this section, if one does not have Aadhaar card, he can not have a PAN".

Second, even if someone has been filing income tax returns without Aadhaar is rendered illegal if he does do not possess an Aadhaar number. There was also constant mismatch of individual details in the two cards.

However, in October 2015 it permitted voluntary use of Aadhaar number in welfare schemes, including MGNREGA, pension schemes, provident fund and "Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna".

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