SC extends deadline for linking Aadhaar to mobile, bank accounts



The Supreme Court on Tuesday extended the deadline for linking Aadhaar to one’s bank account, mobile phone, and other financial services till it passes its judgment in the matter. The top court is hearing petitions challenging the Constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act. This extension, however, will not apply to availing services and subsidies under section 7 of Act, reports said.

A report published in media outlet Indian Express said that in December last year, the top court had extended till March 31 the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various services and welfare schemes.

A five-judge Constitution bench — comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan — is currently hearing the petitioners in the case following which the government will respond. A judgment in the case, therefore, is unlikely before the end of this month, the report said.

Last week, Attorney General K K Venugopal told the Supreme Court that the government was open to extending the deadline.

Indian Express quoting the Attorney General K K Venugopal said that “we have extended the deadline in the past and we will extend the deadline again but we may do it by the end of the month to enable the petitioners in the case to conclude the arguments.”

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