Aadhaar: Supreme Court extends linking deadline indefinitely

Aadhaar: Supreme Court extends linking deadline indefinitely

Over the past several weeks mobile phone service providers and banks resumed messaging clients to link one's Aadhaar to their account or mobile phone by March 31. The apex court is hearing the case on the constitutional validity of the government's biometrical identification scheme.

The deadline for linking Aadhaar with services was earlier set on March 31 this year.

A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and comprising justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan is hearing a case relating to the constitutional validity of the government's Aadhaar scheme.

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Apparently. the confusion will still prevail that is, the scheme which was earlier introduced as a voluntary exercise specially to keep a check on discrepancies in public distribution system for social and other government sponsered benefits and subsidies. However, this order does not apply on linking of Aadhaar with subsidies and benefits offered by the government under Section 7.

The SC has said the government can't insist on linking of Aadhaar with mobile phone, bank account, tatkal passport, etc. Senior advocate Arvind Datar, on behalf of Ms. Grover, said she was asked to come back with her Aadhaar number, which she did not possess, in case she wanted her passport. The 2017 judgement on privacy was a huge win as it reiterated the fact that the right to privacy is a fundamental right.

However, do make a note that bank and telecom operators are still allowed you to send SMS, make calls about linking of Aadhaar with mobile number, but there will not be any deadline mention on the same. "In the order, the five-judge Constitution Bench reiterated paragraphs 11 to 13 of its previous interim order that had extended the deadline to March 31, 2018, and further extended the deadline until final disposal", legal services organisation Software Freedom Law Centre (SFLC) said in a statement. The deadline was said to be on March 31, 2018, but the court today said that the deadline is extended indefinitely, meaning there's no deadline until Supreme Court states it again.

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