Let Mamata come: SC blasts West Bengal govt over plea against Centre on Aadhaar
New Delhi: The Supreme Courtroom on Monday rapped the West Bengal authorities led by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for difficult the Centre’s transfer to make Aadhaar obligatory for availing the advantages of varied social welfare schemes.
Questioning the West Bengal authorities’s transfer, the apex court docket stated, “How can a state file such a plea. In a federal construction, how can a state file a plea difficult Parliament’s mandate.”
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, showing for the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal authorities, instructed the court docket that the plea has been filed by the Labour Division of the state as subsidies below these schemes must be given by them.
“You fulfill us how the state has challenged it. We all know it’s a matter which wants consideration,” a bench comprising Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan stated, including the Centre’s transfer may be challenged by an ‘particular person’ however not by states.
“Let Mamata Banerjee come and file a plea as particular person. We’ll entertain it as she can be a person,” the highest court docket stated.
Nevertheless, Sibal maintained that the state was entitled to file such a plea however stated that they’d amend the prayer within the petition.
The apex court docket, in the meantime, issued a discover to the Centre on a batch of pleas difficult linking of cell phone numbers with Aadhaar and directed it to file a reply inside 4 weeks.
Right this moment’s ruling has come as an enormous setback to the Trinamool Congress chief who had just lately stated that she is not going to hyperlink Aadhaar to her telephone quantity and dared authorities to “disconnect it in the event that they wished to”.
“By no means will I hyperlink my Aadhaar with my phone quantity. If the authorities disconnect my telephone, allow them to do it. It should really save me a number of bother as I gained’t must undergo a variety of textual content messages,” she had stated.
Senior advocate and member of Parliament Kalyan Banerjee had earlier stated the petition was filed earlier and would come up for listening to earlier than the bench on October 30.
He stated West Bengal authorities has challenged the supply which stated that with out Aadhaar the advantages of social welfare schemes wouldn’t be prolonged.
On October 25, the Centre had instructed the highest court docket that the deadline for obligatory linking of Aadhaar to avail advantages of varied authorities schemes has been prolonged until March 31 subsequent yr for individuals who don’t have the 12-digit biometric identification quantity.
Lawyer Basic KK Venugopal had instructed a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra that the deadline extension from December finish this yr until March 31, 2018, would apply solely to those that don’t have Aadhaar and are prepared to enrol for it.
Nevertheless, Venugopal had instructed the bench that he would take directions on sure points on Aadhaar after which the court docket had requested him to say the matter once more on October 30.
A number of petitions, difficult the Centre’s transfer to make Aadhaar obligatory for welfare schemes and notifications to hyperlink it with cell numbers and financial institution accounts, are pending within the apex court docket.
With PTI inputs