Aadhaar-Linking Of Bank Accounts, Mobiles Phones Extended To March 31

The Supreme Court has extended the deadline for linking Aadhaar with various services till

The Supreme Court has extended the deadline for linking Aadhaar with various services till

As a result of this order, the deadline to link Aadhaar with welfare schemes, bank accounts and mobile will be extended to March 31.

The government had earlier set a deadline of December 31 for Aadhaar linkage. It also ordered that mobile phone numbers had to be linked by the same date.

The five-judge Bench of Chief Dipak Misra and Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan yesterday reserved its order in a plea for interim relief sought by the petitioners challenging the scheme. In the hearing, Attorney General KK Venugopal said in the court that the government extended the deadline for linking Aadhaar number to various services to March 31, 2018.

A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, in an interim order, modified its earlier order with regard to linking of Aadhaar with mobile services and said the deadline of February 6 next year for this goal also stood extended till March 31.

In case of a person opening a new account, the deadline for submitting Aadhaar number and PAN was "six months from the date of the commencement of the account based relationship".

The deadline for Aadhaar-SIM linking was February 6, 2018. In the meanwhile, the application number of Aadhaar can be submitted to the bank.

On the issue of linking of Aadhaar card with mobile services, the Attorney General said that the deadline of February 6 next year was fixed in pursuance of an apex court direction and the constitution bench may consider extending this deadline also.

Recently, a nine-judge constitution bench of the apex court had held that Right to Privacy was a Fundamental Right under the Constitution.

Shyam Divan, a senior advocate and one of the petitioners, argued that Aadhaar linking was being extended to all areas like availing scholarships, nursery admissions and medical treatment for HIV patients in violation of court orders.

The order is, however, an an interim till the court decides the constitutional validity of of Aadhaar being made mandatory for welfare schemes and financial transactions, like getting a loan or filing taxes.

The next hearing would take place on January 17, 2018.