The Supreme Court questioned the Centre for making Aadhaar mandatory for procuring Permanent Account Number (PAN) card.
Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the Centre, told a bench headed by Justice A K Sikri that they have found that people were giving details of PAN cards which have been procured on the basis of fake documents.
Rohatgi said that government has found that the Pan Cards are being used to divert funds to shell companies and to prevent it, the Centre has the only option is to make Aadhar card mandatory.
Supreme Court asks Centre 'how can u make Aadhar card mandatory when we have passed an order to make it optional?'— ANI (@ANI_news) April 21, 2017
To this, the bench asked the Attorney General, "Is this the remedy that you need to have Aadhaar for having PAN? Why has it been made mandatory?"
Responding to this, Rohatgi said that earlier too they have found people procuring SIM cards for mobile phones on fake identity cards and the apex court had asked the government to have a check on it. The bench said it would hear arguments on the pleachallenging the government's move making Aadhaar mandatory forPAN cards on April 25.
Last month, the Centre had made providing one’s Aadhaar number a compulsory detail for filing IT returns and for obtaining and retaining the permanent account number (PAN).
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said the move was aimed to link PAN cards with Aadhaar and to identify those who avoided taxes by having duplicate PANs.
AG in SC: We found a no.of Pan cards being used to divert funds to shell cos,to prevent it the only option is to make Aadhar card mandatory.— ANI (@ANI_news) April 21, 2017