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Aadhaar Mandatory Linking: SC's To Hear Case Today

14 Décembre 2017

The bench comprising five judges-Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, justices D.Y. Chandrachud, A.K. Sikri, A.M. Khanwilkar and Ashok Bhushan has been constituted.

Earlier, the government had set December 31, 2017, as the deadline for providing Aadhaar to financial institutions, which meant that individuals were required to link their Aadhaar to bank accounts, credit cards, insurance policies, equity and mutual fund investments, loan from a bank, housing finance company, and small savings schemes like Public Provident Fund, Kisan Vikas Patra, National Savings Certificate and Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana among others.

The Centre last week informed the Supreme Court that it is willing to extend till March 31 the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to avail various services and welfare schemes. Several petitioners challenging the validity of Aadhaar had claimed it violated privacy rights.

The government has already lifted the December 31 deadline for the linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts and PAN.

Besides, now for opening a new bank account and for monetary transactions above Rs 50,000, it's mandatory to have an Aadhaar ID card.

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The Attorney General had told the court that no coercive action would be taken against those who do not have the Aadhaar card but are willing to enrol for.

While the linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts and PAN can be extended by an administrative order, the mandatory linking of mobile numbers with Aadhaar would require an order from the top court as it was on its direction that mobile numbers were linked with Aadhaar.

The top court had on December 7 said that a Constitution bench will hear the various plea for interim relief on the mandatory linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts and the Permanent Account Number (PAN).

A notification to link it with bank accounts was later issued on Tuesday by the Department of Revenue under the Finance Ministry.

Aadhaar Mandatory Linking: SC's To Hear Case Today