Supreme Court extends Aadhaar mandatory linking deadline


New Delhi, March 13: The Supreme Court on Tuesday extended the deadline for Aadhaar linking with all government-sponsored welfare schemes and services till it delivers its judgment on its constitutional validity of the biometrical identification scheme.

The court verdict came days after the government expressed its willingness to extend the date for mandatory linking of unique identify number to avail the benefit of state-run services.

In its order, the five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said that mandatory Aadhaar linking with bank accounts and mobile phones will stand extended indefinitely till then.

The court also said, the government cannot insist for mandatory Aadhaar.

Earlier, on March 11, Chief Election Commissioner Om Prakash Rawat said that the Election Commission will resume linkage of Aadhaar cards with voter IDs once the PIL related to it in the Supreme Court is resolved.

(With inputs from agencies)

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