In an important decision, Bombay High Court questioned the Centre’s decision of withholding the salary of a port trust employee since 2016, on grounds that he had not linked his salary account with his Aadhaar.
A division bench of justices AS Oka and SK Shinde, while hearing a petition filed by Ramesh Purale, a chargeman with the Mumbai Port Trust, said his salary cannot be withheld over failure to link his bank account with his Aadhaar card.
Purale had challenged a letter issued to him by the Union Ministry of Shipping in December 2015, asking him to link his bank account, in which his salary was being credited, with his Aadhaar.
He refused to do so citing his fundamental right to privacy. From July 2016, he stopped getting his salary following which he petitioned the High Court.
“How can you (Centre) take a stand that salary will not be given to an employee because his Aadhaar card is not linked to the salary account?” Justice Oka asked……Read More>>