Compulsory to link Aadhaar to PAN card, but not mandatory for those who don't have an Aadhaar Card. Photograph: (Zee News Network)
India’s Supreme Court on Friday upheld the government's decision to link Aadhaar to one’s PAN card for filing Income Tax returns. But, it refused to make it compulsory for those who don’t have an Aadhaar card or have not yet applied for one, till a Constitution bench addressed the issue of right to privacy.
The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the validity of linking Aadhaar with PAN or Permanent Account Number. WION brings you more on this (WION)
Those who have enrolled but have not yet received their Aadhaar card are also exempted.
The tax provision, pushed by the Centre, said that those who file I-T returns without an Aadhaar-linked PAN card would have their PAN declared invalid.
A bench comprising Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan asked the government to take appropriate steps to ensure there was no leakage of data from the Aadhaar scheme.
"The government to take proper and appropriate steps and the scheme in this regard has to be devised at the earliest till confidence among the citizens that the data would not be leaked," the bench said.
The bench, however, clarified that it had not touched upon the issue of the right to privacy and concerns that the Aadhaar scheme affected the human dignity, which, it said, had to be decided by the Constitution bench.
The bench made it clear that there was no conflict between the impugned provisions of the Income Tax Act and the Aadhaar Act.
It also said that PAN cards without Aadhaar number would not be treated invalid till the Constitution bench decided the larger issue of right to privacy.