Centre tells SC it plans to verify all mobile subscribers within a year

More than 90% of the existing subscribers were prepaid users and the Centre would adopt a mechanism similar to the one it has in place for verification of new subscribers, says attorney general Mukul Rohatgi


It also sought to make Aadhaar mandatory for such verification process. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint.
It also sought to make Aadhaar mandatory for such verification process. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint.

New Delhi: The Centre on Monday told the Supreme Court that it plans to verify the details, including the identity and address of all mobile subscribers within a year.

“An effective mechanism would be put in place and the process would be completed in a year,” said attorney general Mukul Rohatgi, on behalf of the Centre.

After being satisfied with the Centre’s stand on the issue, a bench headed by Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar disposed of the matter.

Rohatgi told the court that more than 90% of the existing subscribers were prepaid users and the Centre would adopt a mechanism similar to the one it has in place for verification of new subscribers.

Under the verification process for new subscribers, the subscriber is required to fill an application form under the e-KYC (know-your-customer) process, he added.

The court was hearing a case brought by Lokniti Foundation, a non-profit organisation, seeking a mechanism for effective verification of all mobile subscribers so that no fake or unverified phone number can be misused.

It also sought to make Aadhaar mandatory for such verification process.

On the mandatory requirement of Aadhaar, it was submitted that the Aadhaar (Targeted delivery of financials and other subsidies, benefits and serviced) Act, 2016 had taken over and accordingly, the process under its provisions would be followed.

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