Today, Supreme Court pulled up the centre for making Aadhaar Card mandatory for Pan Card holders, even though the orders are that it should be optional. The Government said in defence that the fake Pan Cards were used to ‘Divert Funds’ to shell firms. The plea was heard by the top court, filed by leader Binoy Viswam CPI challenging the Constitution Validity of section 139AA of Income Tax Act, which is been introduced by the Finance Act 2017. Which asks for mandatory quoting of Aadhaar Card or Enrolment ID of Aadhaar card application for filling the Income Tax Return.
Aadhaar Cards can’t be Mandatory by the Government for extending benefits of Social Welfare Schemes Court cleared on 27th March. It is said that, for Aadhaar Card the centre can’t be barred from seeking. Which is been issued by UIDAI, as for filling I-T returns and opening the Bank Accounts.
Justice AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said in response to a bench comprising that, the Government has found many of fake Pan Cards were procured on the basis of fake Ration Cards and other documents and these were used to divert funds to shell companies. He cited instances where a person was found to have several Pan Cards and Aadhaar was made mandatory for Pan to curb the problem.
Representing the petitioner by Senior Counsel Arvind Datar said to the bench, "As per this section, if one does not have Aadhaar card, he cannot have a Pan. This would create huge difficulties."
The argument on the plea with be heard on 25th April by the Bench.