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Plea in SC against linking of Aadhaar card with mobile numbers

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

A plea has been moved in the Supreme Court challenging the notification of the Department of Telecom (DoT) on linking of mobile numbers with Aadhaar.

A plea filed by Tehseen Poonawala has sought direction for quashing of the 23 March notification, issued by DoT, holding it “unconstitutional” and “null and void”.

It has also sought direction to the telecom operators to prevent them from implementing this notification and destroy the data already collected.

The apex court had on 6 February asked the Centre to put in place within a year an effective mechanism to scrutinise the details of identity of over 100 crore existing and future mobile telephone consumers.

The apex court while hearing a PIL filed by Lok Niti Foundation had said it hoped that the process would be completed in the near future and before the completion of one year.

The apex court had suggested that the existing pre-paid mobile users, who are 90 per cent of the total mobile users, may be asked to give identity details at the time of recharge as done while giving fresh SIM cards to users.

The verification has become more important in view of the fact that mobile phones are now being used for banking purposes also, it had said.