Supreme Court extends deadline for Aadhaar linking till Mar 31, 2018


On the extension of various deadlines for linking of Aadhaar, Pandey said the notifications issued by the government under Aadhaar Act and the PMLA (Prevention of Money Laundering Act) rules are in line with Friday's SC order.

Yesterday, a five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said that the final hearing on the petitions challenging the Aadhaar scheme itself would commence from January 17 next year.

Two new pleas challenging Aadhaar-one by the West Bengal government on the mandatory linking of Aadhaar to various schemes and another challenging its mandatory linking with mobile numbers-have also been brought to court.

The top court today ruled that new bank accounts could be opened without an ID number, but that it had to be furnished by March 31.

Attorney General K.K. Venugopal, representing the centre, said that the government was willing to extend the deadline up to March 31 next year for mandatory linking of the national biometric identifier to avail the benefit of various services and welfare measures.

For linking of mobile phones with Aadhaar, the AG said the court might extend the time limit beyond February 6, 2018. Use of Aadhaar reduces the costs of identifying persons and provides increased transparency to the government in implementation of its schemes.

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Why are government schemes asking for Aadhaar? "The country can not be made totalitarian state with citizens being constantly put to surveillance", Divan said.

Justice Sikri said that his argument is that because this court has passed interim orders, the government had to come to the court before issuing circulars, while Justice Chandrachud said what he was saying concerns reasonableness of the actions but the court was on the validity of the Aadhaar Act.

Other senior counsel KV Vishvanathan, Meenakshi Arora, and Prashant Bhushan too argued for the strict enforcement of the top court's orders.

Does linking Aadhaar with financial accounts and schemes breach my Right To Privacy?

Provided that in case client already having an account based relationship with reporting entities prior to date of this notification fails to submit the Aadhaar number and Permanent Account Number by 31 December, 2017, the said account shall cease to be operational till the time the Aadhaar number and Permanent Account Number is submitted by the client.