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You can’t pay taxes the way you want to, says Supreme Court to Aadhaar critics

The Supreme Court questioned the rationale of Aadhaar critics, by saying that an individual cannot pay taxes the way he wants to. The court said that every individual has to follow the tax laws of the country while paying taxes. The court put up the question to the petitioners who have challenged the linking of PAN with Aadhaar for filing tax returns. The bench comprising Justice A.K.Sijkri and Justice Ashok Bhushan said, “Can you say that I will pay taxes in the manner I will pay?” The bench also asked if people should stop following the tax regime of the country. The questions were directed towards senior counsel Shyan Divan, who is representing the petitioners that have filed a plea challenging the linking of PAN and Aadhaar under Section 139 AA of Income Tax Act.

The central government has been trying to defend its position in the wake of the plea filed by the petitioners. Counsel Arghya Sengupta, who is representing the government said that biometric system was one the most advanced and secure currently available and its linking with PAN will contribute significantly to reducing cases of tax evasion. However, the petitioner’s counsel pointed out that Aadhaar was voluntary since the beginning and now attempts are being made to make it mandatory.

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