Relief as Supreme Court indefinitely extends Aadhaar's mandatory linkage

Chief Justice Dipak Misra had on 7 March said it may not be possible to decide by 31 March the batch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act

The Supreme Court has chose to extend the mandatory linking of Aadhaar details with services until the Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court passes its judgement on the same.

This was part of the court's final hearing in the matter of K S Puttaswamy vs Union of India, along with 28 other petitions.

Aadhaar as an ID has been mandatory by the government for every Indian citizen to avail of various social welfare schemes and government services. Earlier, the deadline to link Aadhaar card with various services as set as March 31, 2018.

In reported interim order the court has said that the government can not insist on mandatory Aadhaar linkages - unless it is for the express goal of subsidies - until the bench finally decides one way or the other. The Bench then called the Attorney General for assistance in the issue. "We have extended the deadline in the past and we will extend the deadline again but we may do it by the end of month to enable the petitioners in the case conclude the arguments", Venugopal had said. "We accept the same". He proceeded to explain the whole concept of the Money Bill by giving examples from the constitutional provisions of Ireland. This hampers the basic part of the Constitution i.e. the federal structure, Chidambaram argued.

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The court has said that mandatory Aadhaar linking with bank accounts and mobile phones will stand extended indefinitely till then.

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

It was passed on 11 March 2016 by the Lok Sabha.

The issue of the mandatory Aadhaar linking has been under scrutiny for a while now, and multiple application for the extension of its deadline have been applied and approved in a few instance.

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