The Allahabad High court in the case of Neeraj Mandal @ Rakesh v. State of U.P and connected matters while denying the bail to the 4 persons accused of fraudulently withdrawing money from the bank account of a retired High Court Judge agreed with the Centre to file review petition against Supreme Court’s Judgment in the case of Justice KS Puttaswamy v Union of India with respect to the mandatory Aadhaar linkage with bank account.
The amount of Rs.5 lakh was withdrawn from the account of retired High Court Judge, Justice Poonam Srivastava. The matter was probed and 3 accused were arrested from Jamtara in Jharkhand. The accused moved the court by way of filing bail pleas and opposed the charges against them.
Advocate SP Singh, Additional Solicitor General appearing for the Central government submitted that fraudulent withdrawal of money from bank customers can be monitored through the use of Aadhaar card.
The single bench of Justice Shekhar Kumar Yadav agreed with the contention of SP Singh that he should file a review petition in the Supreme Court regarding the non-essentiality of Aadhaar card so that the Aadhaar card should be linked with the account holders from the banks so that online bank fraud can be prevented.
The Court said that the Supreme Court had disallowed the mandatory linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts, due to which banks “cannot pressurize Aadhar card from the customers.”
The court said that the banks have to take responsibility when cyber criminals fraudulently take customers’ money from the bank.
“[Customers’] money should be kept safe by the bank and if in any way money is withdrawn by cyber criminals by robbing his bank account, then the bank will have to take responsibility for it,” the Court said.
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