Madras HC Allow 9 Petitioners to File their IT Returns without Aadhaar
On Tuesday, Madras High Court showed a green signal to 9 petitioners to file their IT returns without Aadhaar card. A group of nine petitioners including advocates, academicians, and environmental activists knocked the doors of High Court to file their Income Tax returns without Aadhaar. “The petitioners hold valid Indian passports, and PAN cards, other among valid forms of identification, needed to file ITR. However, despite having all other documents, they have not been able to file their ITR electronically for the want of an Aadhaar Enrollment number, which they do not possess,” their plea read. A division bench of Justice M.M Sundresh and N. Anand Venkatesh passed the interim order to all the petitioners to file IT returns without declaring Aadhaar details, though, Supreme Court’s decision for the same is yet to come. Madras HC made it clear that if the Supreme Court decides to uphold the constitutionality of Aadhaar, then the petitioners would have to file revised return quoting Aadhaar. The Supreme Court had on 10 May reserved its verdict on a batch of pleas those challenged the constitutional validity of the Centre's flagship Aadhaar scheme and it’s enabling a 2016 law after a marathon hearing that went on for 38 days spanning four-and-half months.