New Delhi: Delhi High court has issued a notice in a Public interest Litigation (PIL) which sought a direction to the Centre and the Delhi government to link movable and immovable property documents of citizens with their Aadhaar number to curb corruption, black money generation and benami transaction.
The notice was issued by a division Bench comprising of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar in a petition filed by advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay.
“As on today, every citizen of our country has an Aadhaar number, asking them to link it to their property documents is a better option. The main advantage of this strategy is that the tax authorities will get details about ‘legal owners’ immediately. Several historical property deals might have happened in fictitious names and they will get stuck immediately. Black money hoarders also used to register properties in other’s name (e.g. in the name of servants, some family members who are poor, etc.) after getting their signatures (these poor people have no idea what these signatures are meant for). In these cases, the original property documents are kept by the ‘original owners’ and in most cases, they also keep power of attorney signed by ‘legal owners’. Once the Aadhaar linkage happens, tax authorities can approach the ‘legal owners’ and it can be treated as benami property if the ‘legal owners’ are unaware or denies knowledge of the ownership’. Even if the ‘legal owner’ takes onus and claims that it is his property, he needs to show the ‘source of income’ for buying that property.” The plea reads.
The next date of hearing is on October 15.