Supreme Court refuses to entertain PIL seeking linkage of Aadhaar with social media profiles

It observed that while the matter was important, everything cannot be examined by Supreme Court; pointed out that similar matter is pending in Madras HC

Supreme Court (Photo courtesy: Twitter)
Supreme Court (Photo courtesy: Twitter)

NH Web Desk

The Supreme Court today refused to entertain a fresh PIL seeking linkage of Aadhaar with social media profiles, legal news website has reported.

When the petition, filed by advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, was taken up by the Bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Surya Kant, the court observed that a similar matter is pending before the Madras High Court.

The Bench observed that while the matter is of an important nature, everything cannot come before the Supreme Court. This prompted Upadhyay to seek liberty to withdraw the PIL.

A Bench headed by Justice Deepak Gupta is also hearing the petition filed by social media giants Facebook and WhatsApp seeking to transfer cases relating to social media accountability and Aadhaar linkage from various high courts to the Supreme Court.

In the previous hearing in the transfer petition, the apex court had granted time to the Centre to place on record its affidavit laying down a timeline within which it aims to frame guidelines on the subject. The hearing is scheduled to take place next on October 22.

The Madras High Court is also hearing a number of petitions relating to social media misuse. The main case pertains to a PIL kept pending to navigate ways in which online crime may be curbed with the assistance of social media companies.

In August, the Supreme Court had issued a notice in a plea filed by Facebook seeking to transfer various proceedings involving the social media giant from various high courts to the apex court. Among these cases are petitions involving prayers for linkage of Aadhaar with social media profiles and concerns of traceability of the originator of messages on platforms such as WhatsApp.

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