Putting an end to the Aadhaar-PAN (Permanent Account Number) linking debate the High Court of Gujarat made an important pronouncement. The court made the judgment while hearing a petition filed by Advocate Bandish Soparkar.
As per the high court, a person’s PAN cannot be declared invalid by the government if it is not linked with Aadhaar (12 digit unique code). Further, the individual can continue using the PAN for filing tax returns even if it is not linked with Aadhaar said the court.
Moreover, as per the judgment a person would not be considered defaulter in case his PAN and Aadhaar are not linked. The high court also pointed out that the validity of the matter is yet to be decided by the Supreme court.
The validity of Aadhaar Act as a money bill is still sub judice under the apex judiciary. Once clarity in that matters is obtained its mandatoriness can be decided said the high court. Till then government can’t take any such action in cases where PAN and Aadhaar not linked.
Inputs from Times of India