SC defers deadline to linK Aadhaar with bank a/cs

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The Supreme Court has extended the deadline for the linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts and mobile phones to 31 March 2018 as suggested by the government, but has not waived the requirement of Aadhaar linking for the various services.

The top court's order extending the deadline for linking Aadhaar with various schemes including bank accounts and mobile phones came on a batch of petitions by the former Karnataka High Court Judge Justice K.S. Puttuswamy, Magsaysay awardee Shanta Sinha, feminist researcher Kalyani Sen Menon and others.

Justice D.Y. Chandrachud authored the interim order for the five-judge Bench.

However, the applicant will have to show the proof to the bank that the person has applied for the Aadhaar number.The apex court said, the Constitution Bench would commence final hearing from 17th January on the petition challenging the Aadhaar scheme itself.

Reading out the order, Justice Chandrachud said the issue is of "considerable importance" and requires resolution and clarity at the earliest for the benefit of both the citizenry and the government.

The deadline for existing bank account holders to furnish the 12-digit biometric personal identifier was December 31, 2017 previously.

The Supreme Court said that with regard to the linking of PAN cards with Aadhaar, its earlier order passed on June 9 this year would remain in force.

On Thursday, Attorney General KK Venugopal had submitted before the top court that the deadline of mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various services and welfare schemes can also be extended upto 31 March next year. Those who don't have an Aadhaar card, their PAN should not be considered as invalid until the Court adjudicate that whether the Aadhar scheme violates the Article 21 of the constitution or not. "As a effect of the extension of the deadline to 31 March 2018, it is ordered accordingly".

IN that ruling â€"in the "Binoy Visman vs Union of India" case- the court had upheld the validity of Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act, saying all those applying for PAN cards would also have to quote Aadhaar number or its enrolment number".

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