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Aadhaar case: Supreme Court pulls up West Bengal govt, says ‘how can state challenge Parliament’s mandate’
In a setback to the Mamata Banerjee-led government in West Bengal, the Supreme Court on Monday declined to entertain its petition challenging the Centre’s decision to make Aadhaar mandatory for availing benefits of numerous government welfare schemes. The court, however, asked the West Bengal counsel to amend its prayer and submit a fresh plea.
The Supreme court bench, while hearing the petition, pulled up the state government saying how can it question a law enacted by the Parliament.
“In a federal structure, how can a state file plea challenging Parliament’s mandate? We know it is a matter which needs consideration but you satisfy us how a state can challenge it?” it asked.
The supreme court, instead, asked Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to submit a plea before it as an individual. “Let Mamta Banerjee come and file. We will entertain her as an individual,” it said.
Meanwhile, on a separate petition filed by one Raghav Tanka, challenging the government’s push for linking telephone numbers with Aadhaar, the court issued a notice to the Centre seeking its reply within four weeks.
Earlier, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had dared the Centre to disconnect her mobile number, which she said she will not link with her Aadhaar. “Let them disconnect my mobile connection. But I will not link my mobile number with Aadhaar card. I am not bound to disclose all my personal matters,” she had said.
The two petitions were heard in the apex court separately from the batch of 21 petitions which are already being heard by the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.