Supreme Court dismisses plea to link Social Media accounts with Aadhaar, PAN or Voter ID to weed out fake accounts.

Pooja Gupta

28.05.2020

However, the petitioner has been granted liberty to implead himself as a party in the transfer petition moved by the Centre before the apex court in a similar matter. Supreme Court bench led by Justice L Nageswara Rao declined to interfere in a plea challenging a Delhi High Court order in which the court had refused to direct the linking of social media accounts with Aadhaar, PAN or voter ID card for weeding out fake accounts. We see no reason to interfere with the impugned order of the High Court.

However, the petitioner has been granted liberty to implead himself as a party in the transfer petition moved by the Centre before the apex court in a similar matter. Supreme Court bench led by Justice L Nageswara Rao declined to interfere in a plea challenging a Delhi High Court order in which the court had refused to direct the linking of social media accounts with Aadhaar, PAN or voter ID card for weeding out fake accounts. We see no reason to interfere with the impugned order of the High Court. The Special Leave Petition is, accordingly, dismissed. However, liberty is granted to the petitioner to file impleadment application in Transfer Case."
“We see no reason to interfere with the impugned order of the High Court. The Special Leave Petition is, accordingly, dismissed. However, liberty is granted to the petitioner to file impleadment application in Transfer Case."
– Supreme Court
The Supreme Court noted that the Delhi High Court had earlier declined to order the linking of social media accounts with Aadhaar, PAN or voter ID card for weeding out fake accounts in a plea that had stated that it would lead to the data of genuine account holders going "unnecessarily" to foreign countries.
The Delhi High Court, in its order, had noted that linking of accounts with social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp, with Aadhaar, PAN or any other identity document requires the framing of policies or amendment in existing laws by the central government. It, therefore, refused to entertain the plea citing that such an exercise cannot be done by the Court.