The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre to clarify whether it was working on the framework for linking social media accounts of users with the 12-digit biometric unique identifier Aadhaar. Pointing out that this will confirm the originality of the social media accounts, the court said the matter needs to be decided at the earliest.
The bench of comprising of Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose said, at this stage, Supreme Court does not know whether they could decide this issue or the high court will decide. The bench further said that it will not go into the merit of the case and would simply decide the transfer petition filed by Facebook seeking transfer of such cases pending before high courts of Madras, Bombay and Madhya Pradesh to the apex court.
Solicitor General, Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre told the bench that it has no objection to transfer of the cases from high courts to the Supreme court.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, told the bench it has no objection to transfer of the cases as considerable judicial time has been spent by high courts on such cases. Senior advocates Mukul Rohatgi and Kapil Sibal, appearing for Facebook and WhatsApp, said they have filed two appeals against Madras High Court orders.
The court said it will list these two appeals along with the transfer petition and posted the matter for hearing on September 24.