SC extends deadline for linking Aadhaar with various services till March 31

Elias Hubbard
December 18, 2017

A day after the deadline to link Aadhaar to a host of financial-related government services was extended to March 31 till next year, the Centre on Thursday requested the Supreme Court to order an extension for linking mobile to Aadhaar to the same deadline. In the meanwhile, the application number of Aadhaar can be submitted to the bank.

The apex court also said that the deadline of February 6 for linking Aadhaar with mobile services also stands extended up to March 31.

One can help clients link their Aadhaar number with mutual fund folios through R&T agents such as CAMS, Karvy, Sundaram BNP Paribas Fund Services and Franklin Templeton.

The government had made quoting of the 12-digit biometric identifier Aadhaar mandatory for old and new bank accounts as well as for any financial transaction of Rs 50,000 and above.

The Supreme Court said the new Aadhaar-linking deadline also applies to all state government schemes.

"The government has disregarded the court's earlier orders that continue to have full sanctity and say that until the apex court takes a final decision on Aadhaar, it can not be made mandatory for all services", Divan said. A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, in an interim order, also modified its earlier order with regard to Aadhaar linking of mobile services and said the deadline of February 6 next year for this objective also stood extended till March 31.

On 30 October, the apex court referred all Aadhaar cases to a five-judge Constitution bench to be formed by the end of November.

A five-judge Constitution bench will commence from January 17, 2018 for the final hearing on pleas challenging Aadhaar, said the Supreme Court. "We are pleased that the timeline has been extended. We were facing challenges in complying with the earlier deadline given the volume (of telecom subscribers)".

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