On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of India said the deadline for mandatory Aadhaar linking with bank accounts and mobile phones stands extended indefinitely. The central government had declared March 31 as the deadline for linking of Aadhaar. However, the apex court said that since the case was in court, the government cannot push for the linking till the final verdict is out.
A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra is hearing pleas seeking stay on government's decision of mandatory linking of Aadhaar with welfare schemes, as well as essential services like banking and phone.
"The government cannot insist for mandatory Aadhaar even for issuance of Tatkal passport. Except for giving subsidy, Aadhaar linking cannot be mandated by the government." the Supreme Court said.
On December 15 2017, the Supreme Court had extended the deadline for linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts and mobile phone to March 31. Now the Constitution bench has clearly said the deadline will be decided only after the court passes its final judgment on linking the Aadhaar to various services.