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Deadline for declaring Aadhaar for social schemes to be extended till Dec 31, Centre tells SC

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Deadline for declaring Aadhaar for social schemes to be extended till Dec 31, Centre tells SC

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Three pending petitions related to Aadhaar likely to be heard by the Supreme Court in the first week of November

With the privacy matter related to Aadhaar already settled by the Supreme Court, three other matters related to the unique identification card remain to be adjudicated. These are likely to be listed in the first week of November, the apex court decided on Wednesday (August 30).

The matters were mentioned before Chief Justice Dipak Misra by Attorney General KK Venugopal and senior advocate Shyam Divan.

On behalf of the government, Venugopal assured the CJI that Aadhaar related benefits for welfare schemes will be extended to December 31.

The matters pertaining to Aadhaar that remain to be adjudicated are the following:

Aadhaar for social welfare schemes

[Shantha Sinha & Anr. v. Union of India (W.P. (C) 342/2017)]

Petition against notifications for making Aadhaar mandatory, taken up by the SC on May 19, 2017. Divan, representing the petitioner, asked for an interim stay on the June 30 deadline for making Aadhaar mandatory, but the court did not oblige and listed all interim relief matters for June 27, 2017. The matter is pending.

PAN card and Income Tax (Section 139AA)

[2 cases: Binoy Visman v. Union of India (WP(C) 247/2017) and S.G. Vombatkere & Anr. v. Union of India (W.P.(C) 277/2017)]

Senior advocate Arvind Datar is representing the petitioner in Binoy Visman, while Divan is representing the petitioner in Vombatkere. This petition, of April 13, 2017, challenges Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act, 1961 introduced by the Finance Act, 2017.

As per the section, linking Aadhaar with PAN has been made mandatory. This is, thus, also mandatory for income tax returns.

Divan had made his case here with reference to Article 14 (equality before law) and Article 19(g) (part of fundamental rights giving rights to individuals to practice free trade and profession) of the constitution. His argument focused on the altered “relationship of Republic of India with its citizens”. He said that providing proof of identification and address to private parties (Non-government) is a violation of rights. He said that forcing individuals to reveal personal information to a third party is a violation of Article 19(g).

Divan’s arguments will now be meatier, with the Supreme Court having already decided that privacy is a fundamental right.

Aadhar Act passed as a Money Bill

[Jairam Ramesh v. Union of India (W.P.(C) 231/2016)]

The Aadhaar Act, 2016 was allowed passage as a money bill in March 2016 by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. She was technically right in doing so, because Article 110 (3) of the Constitution allows the Speaker to have the final say. The Opposition protested and former Union minister Jairam Ramesh filed a PIL against the government passing the Act as a money bill without consulting the Rajya Sabha.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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PM Modi calls for a strong government, says even enemies think 100 times before doing anything

PM Modi pointed out that Pakistan had been troubling India for 70 years and it had bombs in its hands. But today the situation has changed and it has begging bowl in its hands. He said when there is a strong government, enemies tremble

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PM Modi calls for a strong government, says even enemies think 100 times before doing anything

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed an election rally in Haryana’s Ambala on Saturday and said India’s enemies think 100 times before doing anything against the country when there is a strong government at the Centre. Haryana, which has a total of 10 Lok Sabha seats, will vote in the 6th phase on May 25. In 2019 elections BJP claimed victory in all 10 seats.

PM Modi pointed out that Pakistan had been troubling India for 70 years and it had bombs in its hands. But today the situation has changed and it has begging bowl in its hands. He said when there is a strong government, enemies tremble. Addressing the election rally at Ambala the prime minister asked if a weak government could have changed the situation in Jammu & Kashmir? He recalled the times when there was a Congress government and brave mothers of Haryana used to be worried day and night. He said it has been 10 years now and all of that has stopped.

PM Modi recounted BJP government’s achievements and said they had demolished the wall of Article 370 and Kashmir started moving on the path of development. The prime minister said that a total of 17 days remain to go for 4th June.  He further added that until now in 4 phases of elections, Congress and the INDI Alliance, chaaron khaane chitt ho chuke hain. He said whatever tactics the INDI Alliance used for the country have all been beaten by the public itself.

Addressing the election rally PM Modi said Haryana is a state which has patriotism in its veins and knows anti-national forces very well. The prime minister guaranteed to the people that their dreams are his resolution. PM Modi said there are 4 pillars of Viksit Bharat – poor, youth, women and farmers and he wants to strengthen all these pillars in such a way that the nation becomes strong.

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Mallikarjun Kharge accuses PM Modi of inciting people and dividing society through his election speeches

Kharge said no prime minister before Modi has ever indulged in inciting people like he has been doing. He said the prime minister speaks about democracy repeatedly but does not adhere to the tenets of democracy.

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Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge on Saturday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for inciting people and dividing society through his election speeches. Kharge was addressing a press conference of the INDIA bloc, where Shiv Sena (UBT) president, Uddhav Thackeray NCP (SP) chief Sharad Pawar and other leaders were present.

Kharge said no prime minister before Modi has ever indulged in inciting people like he has been doing. He said the prime minister speaks about democracy repeatedly but does not adhere to the tenets of democracy. Responding to PM Modi’s statement that the Congress will bulldoze the Ram mandir in Ayodhya and also restore Article 370 if the INDIA bloc is voted to power Kharge said, they have never used a bulldozer on anyone. The Congress president said PM Modi has the habit of lying and inciting people about things which Congress will never do or the things that are impossible to be implemented.

Kharge further added that he is not answerable to Modi and the Congress will implement what they have promised in their election manifesto. He accused PM Modi of creating divisions wherever he went he tries to create division, speaks of dividing society. Kharge further added that PM Modi had described the Congress manifesto as Muslim League manifesto, but now he is calling it as a Maoist manifesto.

The Congress President assured that reservation has been enshrined in the Constitution which will continue and nobody can touch it. Speaking at the press conference Thackeray said, Achche din are coming from June 4 (when Lok Sabha election results will be declared) when INDIA bloc-led government will come to power at the centre. Thackeray pointed out PM Modi calls Shiv Sena (UBT) as the nakli (fake) Shiv Sena, and there is a possibility that tomorrow he may call RSS as nakli Sangh.  

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Delhi Police arrest Bibhav Kumar for allegedly assaulting AAP MP Swati Maliwal

In her complaint, Swati Maliwal accused Arvind Kejriwal’s personal assistant of repeatedly slapping her and kicking her in the stomach and pelvic area when she went to the Delhi Chief Minister’s residence on May 13.

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The Delhi Police on Saturday arrested Bibhav Kumar, aide and former personal secretary of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in connection with the alleged assault of AAP MP Swati Maliwal. The development comes 2 days after Delhi Police registered a case against Kumar following a complaint by Maliwal. In her complaint, Maliwal accused Arvind Kejriwal’s personal assistant of repeatedly slapping her and kicking her in the stomach and pelvic area when she went to the Delhi Chief Minister’s residence on May 13.

On Saturday, AAP minister Atishi claimed the BJP made Swati Maliwal file the FIR using an old ACB case as leverage. She said Anti Corruption Bureau of the BJP has filed a case against Swati Maliwal regarding the illegal recruitment of contractual employees in Delhi Commission for Women. A chargesheet has been filed and the time of conviction is coming and the AAP party said that it believes that Swati Maliwal is being included in the conspiracy by using this case. Atishi said how the entire machinery of BJP, from Delhi Police to the MHA is working, was seen yesterday in Tis Hazari Court.

On Friday, the Delhi Police took Swati Maliwal to the Delhi chief minister’s residence to recreate the crime scene. Her statement was recorded before a magistrate at the Tis Hazari court. A counter-complaint has been filed by Bibhav Kumar with the Civil Lines police station in which he alleged that Maliwal had forcefully and unauthorised entered the Delhi CM’s residence.

 He also claimed that the former Delhi Commission for Women chairperson tried to create a ruckus and assault him. Kejriwal’s aide also claimed that the Rajya Sabha MP intended to harm the AAP chief and he strongly objected. Bibhav Kumar said a copy of the FIR has been sent to all the media houses by the BJP but BJP’s police are saying that they cannot give it to the accused.

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