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Linking social media accounts with Aadhaar: Supreme Court seeks Centre’s response

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Linking social media accounts with Aadhaar: Supreme Court seeks Centre’s response

The Supreme Court today – Friday, Sep 13 – sought the Centre’s formal response on the issue of linking social media accounts with Aadhar card and said that the matter needs to be decided at the earliest.

A bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose asked the Centre to inform whether it is contemplating any move on framing some policy to regulate social media and linking of social media accounts with Aadhaar. “We will have to do something if Centre isn’t doing anything about the issues here,” said the SC bench.

Following the Supreme Court’s reproach, the Centre agreed to clarify its stand by September 24. The apex court reiterated, “If Centre has some law or regulations in the offing, we will make our decision accordingly.”

Social media giants like Facebook has been resisting the state’s suggestion to link Aadhar to social media accounts on grounds that it would violate the privacy of users.

In the hearing last months, Facebook had also said it cannot share the Aadhaar number with a third party as the content on its instant messaging Whatsapp was end-to-end encrypted and even they do not have access to it.

The SC bench said that the Court will hear the matter on the issue of transferring the petitions from various High Courts to itself.

The apex court order came on a plea by Facebook seeking transfer of various petitions from different high courts to the top court.

The top court in the last hearing has not stayed proceedings in the high courts but restrained them from passing any final order.

Facebook has said that the transfer of cases would serve the interests of justice by avoiding the possibility of conflicting decisions from the high courts.

Facebook told the apex court that two petitions had been filed in the Madras High Court and one each in the Bombay and Madhya Pradesh High Courts.

All the pleas in the three high courts have sought a declaration that Aadhaar or any other government-authorised identity proof should be made mandatory to authenticate social media accounts.

Facebook has sought a stay on the proceedings in various high courts, saying it would suffer irreparable loss if this wasn’t done at this stage, as conflicting decisions on the prayer seeking to link Aadhaar with social media platforms would adversely impact the platform used throughout India.

The Union of India was represented by SG Tushar Mehta, while Senior Counsel Mukul Rohatgi and Kapil Sibal represented Facebook and WhatsApp respectively.

Meanwhile, State of Tamil Nadu moved an application in the Supreme Court seeking orders to ensure that the Madras High Court is allowed to continue hearing the social media companies case concerning the traceability of online crimes.

The Division Bench at the Madras High Court had adjourned the matter, given the fact that the Supreme Court is seized of the matter.

Further, Facebook’s move to transfer the case from the Madras High Court has also been challenged on the ground that the petitioner had misrepresented an idea that the case primarily revolves around prayers to link Aadhaar and social media accounts. The Madras High Court, said a report, has made it clear during initial hearings, right from last year, that the plea for Aadhaar linkage will not be entertained.

In view of these concerns, the State of Tamil Nadu has prayed that the Supreme Court modify its earlier order passed on August 20 so as to facilitate case hearings in the Madras High Court.

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Mamata Banerjee shares video of Sikh IPS officer accusing BJP workers of calling him a Khalistani

The West Bengal Chief Minister slammed BJP workers for their behaviour and captioned the video Today the BJP’s divisive politics has shamelessly overstepped all constitutional boundaries. She added as per BJP4India every person wearing a turban is a Khalistani.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took to X on Tuesday and shared a video of a Sikh police officer accusing BJP workers of calling him a Khalistani. Jaspreet Singh was deputed at Dhamakhali to prevent West Bengal leader of opposition Suvendu Adhikari from visiting Sandeshkhali in North 24 Parganas.

Singh got agitated after a group of BJP workers allegedly called him a Khalistani. In the video shared by the West Bengal Chief Minister, a senior police official said he will take action on this. He added just because he was wearing a turban, they are saying this. Singh asked the BJP workers if he would not have worn a turban would they call him a Khalistani? The Police officer warned them that they could not talk about his religion in this manner.

Singh can be heard saying in the shared video that he did not talk about their religion and the BJP workers cannot talk about his religion in this manner. He even asked them why did they call him a Khalistani? He was shocked to hear this and asked them if this is their level?

The West Bengal Chief Minister slammed BJP workers for their behaviour and captioned the video Today the BJP’s divisive politics has shamelessly overstepped all constitutional boundaries. She added as per BJP4India every person wearing a turban is a Khalistani.

The Chief Minister wrote she vehemently condemns this audacious attempt to undermine the reputation of Sikh brothers & Sisters, revered for their sacrifices and unwavering determination to the nation. The West Bengal chief Minister added she stands in protecting Bengal’s social harmony and will take stern lawful measures to prevent any attempts to disrupt it. BJP leader Agnimitra Paul denied the allegation and accused the police officer of not performing his duty as per constitution.

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Eknath Shinde government passes Maratha reservation bill in Maharashtra assembly

The Chief Minister said everyone has similar views here on Maratha reservation so he did not make any political statement there. He thanked everyone for their co-operation to pass the bill in the Maharashtra assembly. The Chief Minister said he had kept his promise which he made to the Maratha community.

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The Maharashtra Assembly unanimously passed a bill for separate 10% quota for the Maratha community on Tuesday. A bill that guarantees 10 % reservation in jobs and educational institutions to the Maratha community was passed. The Eknath Shinde government convened a one-day special session of the state legislature. The bill for 10% Maratha quota that the state government has approved today is similar to the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes Act, 2018, introduced by the then Devendra Fadnavis government.

This is the third time legislation has been introduced by the state government for Maratha quota. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde said he is the chief minister of the state and he works with the blessings of all. He said his government does not differentiate on the basis of caste and religion. He said if such a situation arises with any other community his stand as CM will remain the same to what his stand is for the Maratha community.

He said India’s Prime Minister always says Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas. The Chief Minister said everyone has similar views here on Maratha reservation so he did not make any political statement there. He thanked everyone for their co-operation to pass the bill in the Maharashtra assembly. The Chief Minister said he had kept his promise which he made to the Maratha community.

He thanked all his colleagues and his deputy chief ministers. He said today is a day of fulfillment of promises. The decision to call a special session was instigated by Maratha quota activist Manoj Jarange Patil who is currently undertaking a hunger strike in Antarwaali Saarati village in Jalna district.

He has demanded Kunbi certificates for all Marathas and free education from kindergarten to postgraduate levels.His demands also include reservation of seats for Marathas in government jobs as well. The Maharshtra Backward Class Commission (MBCC) has presented a report to the Eknath Shinde government which is led by Chairman Justice (Retired) Sunil Shukre.

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Chandigarh Mayor election: Supreme Court orders cancelled votes valid for recount

BJP won the Chandigarh mayoral polls on January 30 defeating AAP-Congress alliance candidate after the returning officer declared eight votes invalid.

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In a significant win for the Aam Aadmi Party, the Supreme Court ordered on Tuesday that votes for AAP Mayor Candidate Kuldeep Kumar were cast in all eight rejected ballots.

Additionally, it mandated that the poll’s votes be recounted and that these eight be recognised as legitimate votes. The Court said that results would then be announced based on it.

In order to become mayor, BJP’s Manoj Sonkar defeated Kuldeep Kumar, receiving 16 votes against to his opponent’s 12. However, Sonkar later resigned, while three AAP councillors defected to the BJP.

With the Supreme Court’s order, AAP mayoral candidate Kuldeep Kumar, who was also the petitioner in the case, has been declared winner of the election.

The eight votes that Returning Officer Anil Masih declared invalid were genuine, according to a three-judge panel led by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud. The ballots were cast in support of AAP mayoral candidate Kuldeep Kumar.

The bench observed that Anil Masih intentionally attempted to tamper with eight votes that were cast in the petitioner’s favor.

On February 5, the Supreme Court rapped the returning officer as well, saying that it was evident he had tampered with the ballots and that he should face legal consequences. It further stated that his actions amounted to murder and mockery of democracy.

Meanwhile, Delhi CM and AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal congratulated Kuldeep Kumar on becoming the new Mayor of Chandigarh. Taking to X, formerly Twitter, he said, on behalf of INDIA alliance, many congratulations to Kuldeep Kuamr on becoming the Mayor of Chandigarh. He also said this is only possible because of Indian democracy and Supreme Court.

Following the decision, AAP’s workers were seen celebrating Supreme Court’s decision. The party workers can be seen hugging eachother as Kuldeep Kumar was announced the new Mayor of Chandigarh.

For unversed, the result of the Chandigarh Mayor polls were announced on January 30, where BJP candidate Manoj Sonkar declared winner by 16 votes.

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