On Monday, the Supreme Court scolded the West Bengal government for opposing Centre’s rule to link Aadhaar card with mobile numbers, criticizing the government it said that how a state can challenge Parliament’s mandate. The top court, on the other hand, also asked the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to file a petition as an individual. The Mamata Banerjee government had filed the plea would amend it and refile the same, reported ANI.
A bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said, “How can a state file such a plea. In a federal structure, how can a state file a plea challenging Parliament’s mandate.” The PTI quoted judges as saying that “You satisfy us how the state has challenged it. We know it is a matter which needs consideration”. “Let Mamata Banerjee come and file a plea as an individual. We will entertain it as she will be an individual,” the apex court said further. The court has asked for the reply of the Centre on this issue, directing them to reply in four weeks. The Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, had drawn the Centre in court on October 27 for its move to creating Aadhaar card compulsory to enjoy various schemes of government.
The 62-year-old West Bengal CM also made a public statement that she won’t link her mobile number with her unique identity number. Alleging that the government wants to disconnect her phone, Banerjee challenged the government and said that they can disconnect her phone if they wish to do so. “They (Centre) are interfering in the people’s rights and privacy. Aadhar number should not be linked with one’s mobile phone. I will not link my Aadhar number with my mobile even if my connection is snapped,” PTI cited her at the extended core committee of the TMC. “They (Centre) have unleashed an autocratic rule in the country. No one can raise voice against them, else I-T, ED, CBI will be unleashed,” the 62-year-old politician alleged.
Through a notification on March 23, the Department of Telecom (DoT) said that it is compulsory to link mobile numbers with Aadhaar numbers. On the other hand, the Central government had also made it necessary to file income tax returns and to benefit welfare schemes.