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SC extends all deadlines of Aadhaar linkages to March 31, 2018

The next hearing would take place on January 17, 2018.



The on Friday extended till next year the deadline for mandatory linking of with various services and welfare schemes.

A five-judge headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, in an interim order, also modified its earlier order with regard to linking of with mobile services and said the deadline of February 6 next year for this purpose also stood extended till

The bench, which also comprised Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, said that for opening new bank accounts, an applicant will not be required to provide number to the bank.

However, the applicant will have to show the proof to the bank that he/she has applied for the number, Justice Chandrachud, who wrote the unanimous interim order, said.

The apex court said the would commence final hearing from January 17 on the petition challenging the scheme itself.

Yesterday, Attorney General K K Venugopal had submitted before the top court that the deadline of mandatory linking of with various services and welfare schemes can also be extended upto next year.

Recently, a nine-judge of the apex court had held that Right to Privacy was a Fundamental Right under the Constitution. Several petitioners challenging the validity of had claimed it violated privacy rights.

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".

First Published: Fri, December 15 2017. 10:48 IST