The Supreme Court on Friday refused to accord urgent hearing on a plea challenging a notification of the Department of Telecom (DOT) for mandatory linking of mobile numbers with Aadhar cards.
Bench of Justices J Chelameswar and S Abdul Nazeer refused to list the plea tomorrow and said that a bench of Chief Justice Deepak Mishra was seized of similar matters. The plea was filed by one Tehseen Poonawala who has sought direction to quash the notification of March 23 issued by the DOT and to hold it "unconstitutional" and "null and void".
The court asked the counsel, who sought for an urgent listing of the plea, to mention the matter before a bench headed by Chief Justice on October 30 when matters related to Aadhar will be taken up.
The Centre on Wednesday had informed a bench headed by Chief Justice that deadline is mandatory Aadhaar linking to avail benefits of various government schemes.
The top court on February 6 asked the Centre to put in an effective mechanism to scrutinise details of identity of over 100 crore existing and future mobile telephone consumers.