New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a plea filed by lawyer and BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay seeking a compulsory linking of social media accounts with Aadhaar. “Everything doesn’t need to come to the Supreme Court. This issue is before the Madras High Court, you go there,” the SC bench was quoted by news agency ANI as saying to petitioner Ashwini Upadhyay.
Earlier, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) had clarified that the existing Aadhaar act does not support the linking of Aadhaar with holder’s social media accounts. The latest Aadhaar Act, however, allows Aadhaar linking only for government schemes or government-sanctioned subsidies, added the UIDAI. This clarification was sought by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) in view of an SC order.
It must be noted that the suggestion to link the Aadhaar database with social media profiles was made by the Tamil Nadu government. Defending the same before the Supreme Court in August this year, the Tamil Nadu government necessitated the linking of Aadhaar with social media accounts to check on terrorist messages, pornography and fake news.