Many citizens can have a sigh of relief as the Government on Thursday told the Supreme Court that it will extend the deadline for linking Aadhaar with bank accounts, mobile numbers and other services.
The three-judge bench of the apex court which was hearing the case said it would set up a constitutional bench to hear interim pleas.
The Supreme Court on Thursday said it will hear a batch of application seeking interim relief on the mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various schemes including bank accounts and mobile telephone numbers.
Refuting social media messages, the UIDAI said as on date there is no stay from the Supreme Court on Aadhaar and its linking to various services.
Attorney general KK Venugopal said there can not be a stay on Aadhaar as it has gone on for years.
Senior advocate Shyam Divan, appearing for those opposing the Aadhaar scheme, told the bench that the Centre should give an undertaking that no coercive steps would be taken against those who fail to link their Aadhaar with various services.
A notification to this effect will be issued by the central government on Friday, Attorney General KK Venugopal, who is representing the Centre, told the court.
Recently, a nine-judge constitution bench of the apex court had held that Right to Privacy was a Fundamental Right under the Constitution.
The Supreme Court is hearing petitions challenging the government's decision on Aadhaar and has said it may consider setting up a constitution bench to hear pleas challenging the Centre's move to make Aadhaar card mandatory for availing various services and benefits of welfare schemes.
Mutual funds are also mandatory for the individual to link with Aadhaar card before December, 31 as the deadline.
The Centre had made Aadhaar mandatory to avail various welfare schemes including PDS.
Bank account: According to the available information, the deadline for the banks to link the account of the customer with their Aadhaar is December 31, 2017.