Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Aadhaar linking deadline extended indefinitely till Supreme Court delivers order

Aadhaar linking deadline extended indefinitely till Supreme Court delivers order

Aadhaar linking deadline has, in effect, been extended indefinitely.

Last week, the Centre had told the Supreme Court that if required, it might consider extending the March 31 deadline for linking Aadhaar to various government schemes as well as mobile phones and bank accounts.

The deadline has been extended until the disposal of Aadhaar case in the Supreme Court. This extension, however, will not apply to availing services and subsidies under section 7 of Act.

The five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, said the government can not insist for mandatory Aadhaar.

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A five-judge constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said the government can not insist for mandatory Aadhaar till the matter is subjudice. A judgment in the case, therefore, is unlikely before the end of this month.

In December, the court extended the last date for completion of the process to link Aadhaar with services to March 31.

What does today's order mean?

Earlier, the government had ordered that bank accounts and mobile phone numbers should be linked with Aadhaar number before March 31.

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