Deadline for Aadhaar linking with bank accounts may extend
Source :NewsBharati   Date :27-Nov-2017

New Delhi, November 27: The Supreme Court said that it would hear the pleas with regards to mandatory Aadhaar linking with different services only after coming to a conclusion on Delhi-Centre matter.

The bench of CJI Dipak Mishra, Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, however, said the court would hear pleas challenging Aadhaar after the Constitution Bench concludes hearing the batch of pleas filed by the Delhi government against the Delhi high court verdict which had held that Delhi is not a state and the Lieutenant Governor (LG) is its administrative head.

Meanwhile, the Centre Government told to the bench that it is ready to extend the deadline to March 31, 2018. The Centre told Supreme Court during a hearing of the batch of PILs over Aadhaar linking.

The Supreme Court had last month set up a constitution bench to hear the batch of petitions challenging the Centre’s decision to make Aadhaar mandatory for availing various services and government welfare schemes.

The court had also sought government’s response on four petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act and linking of bank accounts and mobile numbers with the 12-digit biometric identification number.

The apex court did not pass any interim order in the matter saying that final hearing in all Aadhaar-related issues would start before another bench in the last week of this month.

As of now the last date that has been announced to link Aadhaar with bank accounts is December 31, 2017 and with mobile numbers is February 6, 2018.

The government in June had made Aadhaar mandatory for opening bank accounts as well as for any financial transaction of Rs 50,000 and above. Also, the government had already mandated seeding of Aadhaar number with Permanent Account Number to avoid individuals using multiple PANs to evade taxes.