Union Finance Ministry has extended the deadline to link Aadhaar with bank accounts and mobile phones indefinitely. Earlier the deadline was extended to March next year.
This is after it emerged that the five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court would hear tomorrow pleas seeking an interim stay on the Centre’s decision directing mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various government schemes and welfare measures.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said that the larger bench would sit at 2 PM tomorrow to take up the interlocutory applications seeking interim relief against the Centre’s decision on linking of Aadhaar with various schemes, reported PTI.
On 27 November, the apex court had said that it may consider setting up a constitution bench to hear pleas challenging the Centre’s move to make Aadhaar card mandatory for availing various services and benefits of welfare schemes.
The Supreme Court, in its recent judgement, had declared that Right to Privacy was a Fundamental Right under the Constitution. Several petitioners challenging the validity of Aadhaar had claimed it violated privacy rights.