Aadhaar: Supreme Court Extends Deadline for Linking With Mobile Phone Connections

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This extension, however, will not apply to availing services and subsidies under section 7 of Act, reports said. The SC bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, said on Tuesday that the government can't insist on mandatory Aadhaar linking with mobile phones, passports, PAN, etc. Former Karnataka High Court judge Justice K S Puttaswamy had told the apex court on February 22 that several deaths had reportedly taken place due to starvation on account of glitches in the Aadhaar-based public distribution system and the court must consider granting them compensation.

The current deadline for linking of bank accounts, mobile phone connections, and other services with Aadhaar was March 31 and this had been extended by the apex court on December 15 previous year.

The earlier time limit was upto March 31. The Bench then called the Attorney General for assistance in the issue. "In the order, the five-judge Constitution Bench reiterated paragraphs 11 to 13 of its previous interim order that had extended the deadline to March 31, 2018, and further extended the deadline until final disposal", legal services organisation Software Freedom Law Centre (SFLC) said in a statement. "We accept the same".

The government had made it to link Aadhaar with welfare schemes insisting that it was necessary to weed out benami deals and black money.

It was passed on 11 March 2016 by the Lok Sabha. "The mandatory Aadhaar linking with bank accounts and mobile phones will stand extended indefinitely till the judgement is pronounced". He also submitted that Aadhaar is being used only to expedite the process of issuance of a passport.

The matter will be heard again tomorrow.