We said Aadhaar is optional, how can you make it compulsory: SC to Govt

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Apr 21, 2017, 12:33 pm IST
Updated Apr 21, 2017, 12:37 pm IST
AG Mukul Rohatgi argued that Aadhaar was made compulsory because PAN cards were being used to divert funds to shell firms.
The apex court announced it would decide about the mandatory Aadhaar issue on April 26. (Photo: File)
 The apex court announced it would decide about the mandatory Aadhaar issue on April 26. (Photo: File)

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Modi government to justify the move to make Aadhaar compulsory for filing Income Tax returns, according to an ANI report.

Rapping the government, the apex court said, “How can you make Aadhaar card mandatory when we have passed an order to make it optional?”

Responding to this, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said the government had found that a number of PAN cards had been used to divert funds to shell companies. To avoid this, Aadhaar had to be made mandatory.

The apex court then announced it would decide about the mandatory Aadhaar issue on April 26, said the report.

The government in March made providing Aadhaar number a compulsory requirement for filing IT returns, as well as for obtaining and retaining the PAN.

However, in an order dated August 11, 2015, had said that Aadhaar cannot be made compulsory for government schemes.

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