India delays deadline to link Aadhaar details to bank, phone services

India delays deadline to link Aadhaar details to bank, phone services

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud said that the larger bench would sit at 2 PM Thursday to take up the interlocutory applications seeking interim relief against the Centre's decision on linking of Aadhaar with various schemes.

Last evening, the government had issued a Gazette notification amending rules under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act of 2002 (PMLA) by replacing the requirement of submitting "the Aadhaar number and Permanent Account Number by December 31, 2017" with a provision saying "submit the Aadhaar number, and Permanent Account Number or Form No. 60, by such date as may be notified by the Central Government".

The extension of deadline announced on Wednesday is in line with the Centre last week informing the Supreme Court that it is willing to extend till March 31 the deadline fixed for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to avail various services and welfare schemes. Several petitioners challenging the validity of Aadhaar had claimed it violated privacy rights.

Besides, now for opening a new bank account and for monetary transactions above Rs 50,000, it's mandatory to have an Aadhaar ID card. He had said such people would not be denied the benefits of social welfare schemes till March 31.

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".

Yesterday, the government extended by three months till March 31, 2018 the deadline for mandatory quoting of Aadhaar and PAN for all bank accounts and certain financial transactions.

The notification also stated that in case account holder is not able to link their Aadhaar with their respective bank accounts by this deadline, then "account shall cease to be operational till the time the Aadhaar Number and Permanent Account Number is submitted by the client".