New Delhi, Oct 30: The Supreme Court on Monday rebuked the West Bengal government for opposing Centre’s rule to link Aadhaar card with mobile numbers, saying how can a state challenge Parliament’s mandate. The apex court also asked Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to file the petition in an individual capacity. ANI reported that the West Bengal government that had filed the plea would amend it and refile the same. Also Read - Tarun Tejpal Case: SC Extends Trial Completion Time till March 31

“How can a state file such a plea. In a federal structure, how can a state file a plea challenging Parliament’s mandate,” a bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said. Also Read - Hathras Case: Supreme Court Directs Allahabad HC to Monitor 'All Aspects' of CBI Probe

“You satisfy us how the state has challenged it. We know it is a matter which needs consideration,” PTI quoted the judges as saying. Also Read - Hathras Gangrape Case: Supreme Court to Pronounce Verdict on Two Key Matters Today

“Let Mamata Banerjee come and file a plea as individual. We will entertain it as she will be an individual,” the top court added.

The court has sought the response of the Centre on the issue, ordering it to reply in four weeks. It also sent notices to telecom companies.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had dragged the Centre in court on October 27 for its move to making Aadhaar card mandatory to avail government’s schemes. She had also made a public statement that she would not link her mobile phone with her unique identity number. She had challenged the government, saying if they wanted to disconnect her phone, they could do that.

“They (Centre) are interfering in the people’s rights and privacy. Aadhar number should not be linked with one’s mobile phone. I will not link my Aadhar number with my mobile even if my connection is snapped,” PTI quoted her at the extended core committee meeting of the TMC.

“They (Centre) have unleashed an autocratic rule in the country. No one can raise voice against them, else I-T, ED, CBI will be unleashed,” Banerjee alleged.

The Department of Telecom (DoT) had said through a notification on March 23 that it was mandatory to link mobile numbers with Aadhaar numbers. The Central government has also made Aadhaar mandatory to file income tax returns and to avail welfare schemes.

An 11-year-old girl in Jharkhand’s Simdega allegedly due to starvation after her family was denied grains by a PDS shop due to the unavailability of Aadhaar cards.

“I went to get rice but I was told that no ration will be given to me. My daughter died saying ‘bhat-bhat’,” Koyli Devi, girl’s mother, told ANI.