Aadhaar Is Optional, How Can You Make It Mandatory? SC Blasts Govt

Police have arrested two persons running an Aadhaar centre for changing details without documents for Rs 300.

The Supreme Court rapped the Centre on 21 April over the move to make the Aadhaar compulsory. “How can you make the Aadhaar card mandatory, when we have passed an order to make it optional?” the court asked.

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi argued that mandatory Aadhaar was the only way to check black money.

Mukul Rohatgi, Attorney GeneralWe have found a number of PAN cards being used to divert funds to shell companies. To prevent this, the only option is to make Aadhaar card mandatory.

The court counter-questioned Rohatgi, asking him:

Is making Aadhaar by force the only way to tackle fraud?

The apex court said that the plea challenging the government’s move will be heard on 25 April.

The Supreme Court had, on 27 March, specified that the Aadhaar card should not be made mandatory for availing governmental schemes. In a violation of the SC order, the centre introduced last-minute amendments to the Finance Bill 2017, making Aadhaar mandatory for filing taxes.

(With inputs from PTI, ANI)

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