Aadhaar Case: Supreme Court Pulls up Mamta Govt., Says 'how can State challenge Parliament's mandate'

Team SoOLEGAL 30 Oct 2017 3:00pm

Aadhaar Case: Supreme Court Pulls up Mamta Govt., Says 'how can State challenge Parliament's mandate'

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee has been reprimanded by the Supreme Court of India today on the Aadhaar Card issue. The court questioned the West Bengal government for filing a plea challenging the centre's move to make Aadhaar mandatory for availing benefits of various social welfare schemes.

While hearing the case, the court said that it is a matter of considerable issue, but how can a state challenge the law made by the Center. How can a state in the federal system file a petition challenging the country's parliament's mandate.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government, told the court that the plea has been filed by the labour department of the state as subsidies under these schemes have to be given by them.

The apex court said, "Let Mamta Banerjee come and file a plea as individual. We will entertain it as she will be an individual".

However, Senior advocate Sibal maintained that the state was entitled to file such a plea but said that they would amend the prayer in the petition.

Meanwhile, the bench issued notice to the Centre on a separate plea filed by an individual challenging the linking of mobile phone numbers with Aadhaar.

The court has asked the Centre to file its response on the plea in four weeks. [inputs PTI]

Tagged: West Bengal Government   Mamta Banerjee   Supreme Court of India   Aadhaar Card Issue   Kapil Sibal  
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