New Delhi, October 30. 2018: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee fell short of gaining a political brownie, as Supreme Court snubbed West Bengal government on challenging Parliament's mandate. Modi government passed a mandate on Aadhaar card making it mandatory for receiving the benefits of various social welfare schemes.
"How can state file such a plea? In a federal structure, how can a state file a plea challenging Parliament's mandate," said the apex court in its official comments. Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan constituted the bench. "It can be challenged by individuals, but how a state has come (to court)? It cannot be done," the bench said, adding, "let Mamata Banerjee come and file a plea as individual. We will entertain it as she will be an individual". Senior advocate Kapil Sibal is representing the West Bengal government.
Soon after the Supreme Court refusal, Mamata Banerjee accepted the court’s decision, and said, “If court has said on Aadhaar matter that I need to approach individually, then I respect it. They have not rejected my petition.”
Supreme court said that a larger constitution bench would be set up to hear petitions challenging the Central government's decision to make Aadhaar mandatory for welfare schemes and would commence the hearing on petitions during the last week of November.
The 12-digit bio metric Aadhaar number linkage is required for the following six documents, so far:
- PAN card
- Bank accounts
- Voter ID card
- LPG connection card
- Ration card
- Mobile number