The government on Tuesday strongly defended its decision to link Aadhaar with PAN cards and has maintained that it is mandatory.
"Section 139 AA of the IT Act, which makes Aadhaar mandatory for PAN, curbs the use of fake PAN cards," government told the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
"Government has saved over Rs 50,000 crore on benefits for poor due to Aadhaar," he told the court.
He added: "No right is absolute, right to body is not absolute. Under extreme cases, even right to life can be taken away under due process."