The Supreme Court will announce its verdict today on a raft of pleas contesting the validity of the Narendra Modi government’s move to make Aadhaar mandatory for procuring Permanent Account Number (PAN) card. The Centre had earlier made an amendment to the tax proposals in the Finance Bill of the Budget for 2017-18.
On May 4, the apex court had reserved the verdict petitions challenging section 139AA of the Income Tax (I-T) Act. The Act was introduced in this year’s budget. A bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan had reserved the decision. Meanwhile, earlier on April 21, the top Court had raised question over the Central government’s move.
Notably, section 139AA of the Income Tax Act makes enrollment ID of Aadhaar application form mandatory for filing of income tax returns and making application for allotment of PAN (Permanent Account Number) with effect from July 1 this year.
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