Aadhaar linking: SMSes from banks, telecom firms must mention deadlines, says SC

SC refuses interim stay on linking of Aadhaar to mobiles bank accounts

SC refuses interim stay on linking of Aadhaar to mobiles bank accounts

"The deadline for linkage of Aadhaar with mobile phone number can not be modified by the government unilaterally (as it is fixed by the SC)", the Centre said, adding that it has chose to extend the deadline for linking Aadhaar with existing bank accounts till 31 March.

The bench, however, refrained from staying the Centre's move of making Aadhaar linking mandatory, leaving such decisions to the constitution bench that will hear a challenge to the Aadhaar scheme's constitutionality.

According to a report in a leading news paper, the government has chose to extend the deadline for linking Aadhaar with existing bank accounts from December 31, 2017 to March 31.

The Supreme Court today sought the government's response on four petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act and linking of bank accounts and mobile numbers with the 12-digit biometric identification number.

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When Centre denied that such messages were being sent, Justice AK Sikri said he too gets messages asking to link Aadhaar.

This is what the Supreme Court was referring when it observed that panic might set in among people if clarity on the deadline to link Aadhaar to bank accounts and phone connection is not provided.

It seems the citizens have limited respite as of now, and needn't worry if they haven't updated their Aadhaar (if they have it) with their mobile or bank account numbers. Earlier in October, the Supreme Court had extended the date for linking of Aadhaar for receiving benefits of govt schemes to March 31, 2018.

Hearing a batch of PILs seeking an interim order, the bench said, "Time has already been extended up to December 31".

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"The deadline for linkage of Aadhaar with mobile phone number can not be modified by the government unilaterally (as it is fixed by the SC)", the Times of India quoted the Centre as saying.

The court was responding to a batch of petitions challenging Aadhaar's mandatory linking with bank accounts and mobile phone numbers.

It then proceeded to issue notice to the Centre and direct the service providers and bank companies to specify the last date to link accounts with Aadhaar.

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