SC Extends Deadline to Link Aadhaar to Govt Schemes to March 31

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to Centre’s submission to extend the deadline for linking Aadhaar to services up to 31 March next year.

A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, modified the standing order to effect linking of Aadhaar with mobile services and govt welfare schemes allowable upto 31 March.

The bench which also included Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, clarified that an applicant will not be required to provide Aadhaar number for opening a new account. However, a proof showing the person has applied for Aadhaar will be necessary, the order pointed out.

Recently, a nine-judge constitution bench of the apex court held that Right to Privacy was a Fundamental Right against which several petitioners challenged the validity of Aadhaar and data collected for it.

Some petitioners have stated linking of Aadhaar to bank accounts and mobile numbers as “illegal and unconstitutional”.

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