In a setback to the Modi government that was hoping to make Aadhaar mandatory for nearly every government-run programme, the Supreme Court on Friday asked Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi to justify the government's move that made Aadhaar compulsory for filing Income Tax returns.
On March 27, the SC had stated that Aadhaar cards can not be made mandatory by the government for providing benefits of social welfare schemes. To avoid this, Aadhaar had to be made mandatory.
The Supreme Court on Friday questioned the government on its move to make the Aadhaar Card mandatory for several government-funded schemes and other services.
The apex court then announced it would decide about the mandatory Aadhaar issue on April 26, said the report.
Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the Centre, told a bench headed by Justice A K Sikri that they have found that people were giving details of PAN cards which have been procured on the basis of fake documents.
Is making Aadhaar mandatory only way to stop fraud, Supreme Court asks government.
Further the AG said funds were being diverted to shell companies and the only way to prevent the same was to make Aadhaar mandatory for filing of income tax returns.
The amendment makes the unique identification number compulsory to obtain a Permanent Account Number card, for existing PAN cards to remain valid and to submit income tax returns. On October 10, 2015, the government had moved the top court seeking permission to use the ID for a few schemes, but the court had reiterated its stand and said that its use must be "purely voluntary".
The apex court will hear the matter on Tuesday for final disposal.