Aadhaar: Supreme Court extends linking deadline indefinitely

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Deadline for Aadhaar linkage of bank a/cs, tatkaal passports, mobile phones, etc, extended indefinitely from March 31 till Constitution Bench pronounces verdict on validity of Aadhaar scheme.

Now, no agency, including banks and telecom service providers, will be authorized to act against subscribers who don't have Aadhaar linked.

The Court also ordered that Aadhaar can not be made mandatory for issuance of Tatkal passport.

The final hearing in the Aadhaar validity case started on January 17, 2018.

The court order also extended this extension to the issuance of passports.

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On December 15 past year, the apex court had extended till March 31 the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various services and welfare schemes.

Previously, the last date stood at March 31. However, the benefits, subsidies and services covered under Section 7 of the The Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 should remain undisturbed.

The government had made it to link Aadhaar with welfare schemes insisting that it was necessary to weed out benami deals and black money. This hampers the basic part of the Constitution i.e. the federal structure, Chidambaram argued.

The Centre was also planning to make it mandatory to link Aadhaar with driving license and voter ID cards, among other things. The government, in its defence, had insisted on quoting Aadhaar for bank deposits for obtaining mobile phone and several other utilities to weed out corruption and tighten its grip on the black money floating in the country.

The matter will be heard again tomorrow.

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