New Delhi: The Supreme Court today extended the March 31 deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to avail various services and welfare schemes run by the government.
This relaxation will be effective till the constitution bench delivers a final verdict on the validity of Aadhaar number and its enabling law.
The extension of the deadline would also apply on the mandatory linking with the bank accounts and mobile phone numbers.
A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra extended the deadline after the Centre agreed to extend the March 31 deadline for linking Aadhaar with all services and welfare schemes.
On December 15 last year, the apex court had extended till March 31 the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various services and welfare schemes.
Earlier, the top court had observed that the alleged defect of citizens’ biometric details under the Aadhaar scheme being collected without any law could be cured by subsequently bringing in a statute.
The current deadline was to end on the 31st of this month.
A five-judge Constitution bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan is currently hearing the petitions challenging the Constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act.