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Plea against Aadhaar: SC questions WB Govt

Akash Sharma, New Delhi
30/10/2017   0 Comments

The Supreme Court questioned West Bengal (WB) Government for filing a plea challenging the centre’s move to make Aadhaar mandatory for availing benefits of various social welfare schemes.

The apex court asked that how a state government can challenge parliament's mandate and suggested to let Mamta Banerjee come and file a plea as individual.

"You satisfy us how the state has challenged it. We know it is a matter which needs consideration," the bench said. "Let Mamata Banerjee come and file a plea as individual. We will entertain it as she will be an individual," the top court added.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the 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 the department.

It may be noted that the WB government had challenged the provision which says that without Aadhaar, the benefits of social welfare schemes would not be extended.

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