Supreme Court indefinitely extends Aadhaar linking deadline

Lester Mason
March 13, 2018

A group of petitioners have asked the Supreme Court to declare the government's insistence on Aadhaar disclosure as a violation of the right to privacy.

Previously, the last date stood at March 31.

A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra had on March 7 said it may not be possible to decide by March 31 the batch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act.

In December 2017, the apex court had also directed the extension of Aadhaar number linking with mobile numbers and bank accounts till March 31, 2018.

However, Aadhaar will still be a must for "social schemes and subsidies" as under section 7 of the Aadhaar Act. The Bench then called the Attorney General for assistance in the issue.

The hearing began with submissions advanced by Senior Advocate P Chidambaram.

The government had made it to link Aadhaar with welfare schemes insisting that it was necessary to weed out benami deals and black money. He proceeded to explain the whole concept of the Money Bill by giving examples from the constitutional provisions of Ireland. A Money Bill, unlike any other bill, can be passed by the Lok Sabha alone. This hampers the basic part of the Constitution i.e. the federal structure, Chidambaram argued.

"The government can not insist for mandatory Aadhaar even for issuance of Tatkal passport".

This deadline also been extended for those who apply for passports.

No need to connect Aadhaar with mobile phones, passport, and bank accounts till the final verdict in the Aadhaar case is pronounced.

The matter will be heard again tomorrow.

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