The nine-judge bench has now asked the government to come up with a data protection mechanism that balances the rights of individuals and the interests of state.
The two-judge bench said the PAN cards of those people who are not Aadhaar card holders, and who do not comply with the provision of Section 139(2), cannot be “treated as invalid for the time being”.
“Justice demands that the courts should impose punishments befitting the crime so that it reflects public abhorrence of the crime. Crimes like the one before us cannot be looked with magnanimity.”
The Centre had asked the apex court to recall its order saying that the judgment had hampered the army’s ability to respond to insurgent and terrorist situations.
The court said that an unexpected rise in the price of coal imported from Indonesia will not absolve the Adanis from performing their part of the contract.
The apex court initiated this as an interim measure to make sure that the BCCI implements Justice Lodha panel recommendations.
The 1995 judgement on Hindutva will not be reconsidered as the court will restrict itself to deciding whether or not appealing to the religious sentiments of voters amounts to a corrupt practice.