Aadhaar linking deadline extended indefinitely

Chief Justice Dipak Misra had on 7 March said it may not be possible to decide by 31 March the batch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act

"The government can not insist on mandatory Aadhaar", said the five-judge Constitution Bench headed by the Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra.

The constitution bench is hearing a batch of petitions which have challenged the constitutional validity of Aadhaar and its enabling Act.

However, it is still mandatory to link your welfare schemes with Aadhaar to get benefits under Article 7 before the deadline.

After hearing the arguments, the Bench proceeded to extend the last date of linking Aadhaar card for an indefinite period.

Some petitioners in the top court have termed the linking of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) number with bank accounts and mobile numbers as "illegal and unconstitutional" and violated privacy rights.

Having said that, even if the deadline to link Aadhaar with mobile numbers has been extended, we suggest you link your Aadhaar with your mobile number at the earliest before some new rules kick in.


The Apex Court had earlier extended the deadline for mandatory linkage of Aadhaar number with all services and schemes including bank accounts and mobile numbers, to March 31, 2018 from the earlier stipulated December 31.

Apparently. the confusion will still prevail that is, the scheme which was earlier introduced as a voluntary exercise specially to keep a check on discrepancies in public distribution system for social and other government sponsered benefits and subsidies. The court order also extended the deadline for the issuance of passports.

Justice Chandrachud said even if the court reserved its verdict on March 20, 2018, the banks and other institution would have only 10 days left, which might be hard.

"Mr. K.K. Venugopal, learned Attorney General for India submitted that this Court may think of extending the interim order".

It is unclear at the moment, however, whether banks or telecom service providers can insist that customers produce evidence of having applied for an Aadhaar number.

He proceeded to submit that though the Bill was modified in the Rajya Sabha, the modifications were ignored in the Lok Sabha.

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