NEW DELHI:The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a plea seeking mandatory linking of social media accounts with Aadhaar.”Everything doesn’t need to come to Supreme Court. This issue is before the Madras high court, you go there,’ the SC bench told petitioner Ashwini Upadhyay.The Madras High Court is hearing two petitions for linking Aadhaar to social media accounts. The high court has said that Aadhaar would not be linked but expanded the scope of the petitions to look at traceability of messages.Similar petitions to link Aadhaar have also been filed in the Bombay and Madhya Pradesh High Courts.
Facebook Inc on its part has sought the transfer of petitions from various high courts to the Supreme Court. It has said in its petition that cases have been filed in the Madras, Bombay and Madhya Pradesh high courts, noting that they have a common objective.The petitions should be clubbed and heard by the top court, the company has prayed before the court, seeking to forestall potential conflicting verdicts.
Facebook is also aggrieved by the fact that the Madras high court has expanded the scope of the petition to consider such issues as online abuse and fake news being circulated on social media, and is looking to define the liabilities of the intermediaries.The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the public interest litigation (PIL) that sought to link Aadhaar to social media accounts. The court has said all matters need not come to the apex court.
The Supreme Court observed that the Madras High Court is hearing it and every matter doesn’t need to come to the apex court. “This issue is before the Madras High Court, you go there,” the bench said.According to Bar and Bench, the petition filed by Advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay was taken up by the two-judge Bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose on Monday, observed that a similar matter is pending before the Madras High Court.