The apex court on Monday asked the Central government to submit a response on a plea challenging the compulsory linking of mobile numbers with Aadhaar numbers. The saffron party has been desperately demanding for the Aadhaar card to be mandatory and wants it to be linked with everything like pan card, bank accounts, driver’s license and mobile phones. A bench of Justice A K Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan gave the ultimatum of four weeks to the Centre to respond on the PIL filed by Raghav Tankha.
The Supreme Court has also issued notices to the telecom companies and Department of Telecom asserting on the compulsion of linking Aadhaar with mobile numbers. On the other hand, the court has given the time of four weeks to file their response for all the respondents. Prior to this, the court also criticized the West Bengal government for challenging the Aadhaar act. “How could the state government challenge a law passed by the Centre?” the court observed. The court further added that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee could challenge the Aadhaar law as an “individual” and a “citizen”. The court, on the other hand, also observed that “this way Centre would start challenging the laws passed by the States”.