During the hearing of the Constitutional Challenge to Aadhaar before the five-judge bench in the Supreme Court, Senior Advocate Rakesh Dwivedi, representing the government conceded that the Supreme Court had not ordered the linking of Aadhaar with mobile numbers, as claimed by the Department of Telecom (DoT) notification. However, he argued that the government had relied on the recommendation of TRAI and has the right to mandate the linking vide Section 4 of the Aadhaar Act and the Telegraph Act which allows it to stipulate conditions for telecom licenses. The government has been pushing for linking Aadhaar with mobile phones. This is based on a DoT order that claims that the linking has been ordered by the Supreme Court during the Lok Niti case. A deadline mandating the linking of Aadhaar with mobile numbershad been announced for 30th September, that…
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