After High Courts at Delhi and Madras, the Gujarat High Court have also ruled that quoting Aadhaar number is not mandatory for filing income tax returns (ITR).
A Division Bench of Gujarat HC also directed the tax department to accept ITR of a lawyer, who had filed the petition. The Bench also noted that the Aadhaar matter is pending before the Supreme Court.
In his plea, Khemchand Rajaram Koshti, the lawyer submitted that quoting Aadhaar number has been made mandatory by the tax department. However, he said since he neither have Aadhaar number nor had he applied for one, he was facing difficulties while filing his tax returns.
Last month, the Delhi High Court, while giving relief to two professionals, Shreya Sen and Jayshree Satpute, from quoting Aadhaar number for filing their ITR, directed the I-T Department to provide an additional button on its tax-filing portal to allow filing of tax returns without Aadhaar number. However, this has not yet implemented by the tax authorities.
Separately, the Madras High Court also allowed nine petitioners to file their ITRs without quoting their Aadhaar or enrolment numbers. The Division Bench...