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WhatsApp traceability case petitioner asks court to remove Aadhaar from the plea, consider only ‘authorised govt proofs’

Madras High Court
Credit: Aditi Agrawal

On September 19, Antony Clement Rubin, the animal activist whose petition in Madras High Court started the WhatsApp traceability case, petitioned the court to amend his original prayer — remove all mention of Aadhaar and instead, ask for “mandatory linking of any government approved/authorized identities” to social media accounts for the purposes of traceability. If this application for amendment is approved in the High Court hearing today, it may potentially weaken Facebook’s transfer petition that is pending before the Supreme Court. Facebook has petition the apex court to transfer 4 petitions from 3 different high courts as they all deal with Aadhaar-social media linkage. The hearing was scheduled to take place on September 19, but the matter was not listed. Instead, the matter is listed before a new division bench comprising Justices M. Sathyanarayanan and N. Seshasayee in Court Room…

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