HC seeks UIDAI reply on plea to link property with Aadhaar

It will clean poll process dominated by black money, says plea

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday sought the response of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on a plea to link movable and immovable property documents of citizens with their Aadhaar number to curb corruption, black money and ‘benami’ transactions.

A Bench of Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice C. Hari Shankar issued notice to the UIDAI, which issues the 12-digit number, on a plea by BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay. The bench has posted the case for further hearing on November 20.

Petitioner and advocate Upadhyay said it is the duty of the State to take appropriate steps to curb corruption and seize ‘benami’ properties made by illegal means to send a strong message that the government is determined to fight against corruption and black money generation.

“If government links property with Aadhaar, it will lead to an increment of 2% in annual growth. It will clean our electoral process, which is dominated by black money and benami transaction and thrives on a cycle of large black investments, capture of power through foul means, use of political strength to amass private wealth, all with disdain of the citizen,” the plea said.

The plea has claimed that ‘benami’ transaction in high denomination currency is used in illegal activities — terrorism, Naxalism, separatism, gambling, money laundering and bribing.

“It also inflates the price of essential commodities as well as major assets like real estate and gold. These problems can be curbed up to a great extent by linking movable-immovable properties with the owner’s Aadhaar number,” it has claimed.

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