Supreme Court has asked Union government to register ID proofs of all mobile subscribers in the country. It has also asked the Central government to add Aadhaar details along with phone number within a year.
In the end of the last month, the apex court had showed concern over the possibility of mobile phones being misused to perpetuate fraud and asked the Modi government to get back with a subscriber verification regime within two weeks.
The court was acting on a petition filed by the New Delhi-based Lok Niti Foundation, which said mobile phones could be used for anti-national and criminal activities in the absence of a 100% verification mechanism.
As per the petition, despite directions by the TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India), there were about 5.25 crore unverified mobile phone subscribers in the country.
It said 5% of the 105 crore subscribers as of February 2016 were still unconfirmed. A bench led by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar said on Monday that the chances of fraud by unverified subscribers was real and asked the government to get back with a mechanism to vet the identity of all mobile phone subscribers in the country.
The NGO, through lawyer Ashok Dhamija, requested that mobile phones be linked to Aadhaar identity numbers to prevent the misuse of telecom services. It demanded that the government set up a 100% verification regime that would check identities and addresses.
“Unverified SIM cards pose a serious threat to country’s security as they are routinely used in criminal and terrorist activities, thereby affecting the citizens’ right under Article 21of the Constitution,” the NGO had said.
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Sameeksha Bhardwaj, From ITvoir News Desk