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Have highest respect for SC but it didn’t say it rejected Aadhaar plea: Mamata

The Supreme Court pulled up West Bengal for its plea questioning the Centre’s decision to make the 12-digit biometric Aadhaar number mandatory for availing social benefits.

india Updated: Oct 30, 2017 19:12 IST
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West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said the Supreme Court did not completely reject their plea on Aadhaar.(PTI)

Stating that her government has the highest respect for the Supreme Court, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee claimed on Monday that the apex court did not completely reject their plea against the centre’s move to make Aadhaar mandatory for giving subsidies.

“We have highest respect for the court. There is no problem. Court did not say it rejected the plea. Court asked us to appeal individually. We appreciate that,” Banerjee said when asked about the Supreme Court’s remarks in the hearing on Monday.

“We accept the court’s decision. I know that some individuals have also appealed against the policy,” she added.

The Supreme Court slammed the West Bengal government on Monday for filing a plea challenging the central government’s move to make Aadhaar mandatory for availing benefits of social welfare schemes, wondering how a state government could challenge a law passed by Parliament.

The apex court gave time to the Bengal government to amend its petition questioning the linking of Aadhaar, saying Banerjee could challenge the aspect of Aadhaar law requiring linking an “individual” and a “citizen”.

First Published: Oct 30, 2017 19:11 IST