The Supreme Court has extended the deadline for the linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts and mobile phones to 31 March 2018 as suggested by the government, but has not waived the requirement of Aadhaar linking for the various services.
The bench â€"also consisting of Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan- rejected Attorney General KK Venugopal's suggestion that those opening new bank accounts should produce Aadhaar application or the ten-digit Unique Identification number at the bank".
The Supreme Court had said on 27th November that constitution of constitution bench will be considered for consideration of the petitions challenging the move of the Center to make it mandatory to link the benefits of various services and welfare schemes.
The interim order would be subject to the final outcome of the batch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act on the grounds of it violating the fundamental right to privacy.
The bench also said, "Consistent with the above directions, we also direct that the extension of the last date for Aadhar linkage to 31 March 2018 shall apply, besides the schemes of the Ministries / Departments of the Union government to all state governments in similar terms".
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The court made a decision to continue with its two-judge bench ruling on June 9 asking citizens with Aadhaar to cite the UID number while filing I-T returns. In case of new accounts, the applicant will have to furnish to the bank proof of application for Aadhaar and the application number. The government had earlier deferred the deadline for linking of Aadhaar with various schemes and services from December 31 to March 31.
The deadlines for linking the mobile number from the Aadhaar have increased from 6th February to 31st March.
The order said the earlier apex court verdict, upholding the validity of an Income Tax Act provision making Aadhaar mandatory for allotment of PAN cards and filing of tax returns, will remain in force.
The court had said that those who already possess the Aadhaar number will have to link it with PAN, but it can not be insisted upon in case of people not possessing it.
However, if a person already has an Aadhaar card or has enrolled for it, it has to be linked to the PAN card or for obtaining a PAN card, the court had ruled.