Linking Aadhaar: SC extends deadline indefinitely


New Delhi, Mar 13: The Supreme Court on Tuesday indefinitely extended the March 31 deadline to link Aadhaar with bank accounts and mobile numbers. The top court said the government cannot insist on providing Aadhaar, even to issue Tatkal passports.
The Constitution bench said the deadline will be decided only once the court passes a judgment on linking the unique identification number to various services.
The five-judge Constitution bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan said there will be no deadline issued until the judgment on linking Aadhaar is pronounced.
On March 6, the Centre had told the Supreme Court that it might extend the March 31 deadline to link Aadhaar. “We have extended the deadline in the past and we will extend the deadline again but we may do it by the end of month to enable the petitioners in the case conclude the arguments,” Attorney General KK Venugopal had said.
The court said Venugopal had raised a valid point and that it would not allow the petitioners’ counsel Shyam Divan to repeat his argument. Divan had raised the matter earlier, pointing out that it was highly unlikely that the hearing in the case would be concluded before March