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Aadhaar mandatory linking: Supreme Court's Constitution bench to hear pleas today

The apex court had on December 7 said that a Constitution bench will hear the various plea for interim relief on the mandatory linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts and the Permanent Account Number.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: December 14, 2017 10:35 IST ]
The deadline for the linking of Aadhaar with mobile numbers
The deadline for the linking of Aadhaar with mobile numbers is February 6.

The Supreme Court will on Thursday hear pleas challenging mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various government schemes and welfare measures.

The matter will be heard at 2 pm before the court goes into winter recess, a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said.

The apex court had on December 7 said that a Constitution bench will hear the various plea for interim relief on the mandatory linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts and the Permanent Account Number (PAN).

The top court had on December 7 said that a Constitution bench will hear the various plea for interim relief on the mandatory linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts and the Permanent Account Number (PAN).

While the linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts and PAN can be extended by an administrative order, the mandatory linking of mobile numbers with Aadhaar would require an order from the top court as it was on its direction that mobile numbers were linked with Aadhaar.

The deadline for the linking of Aadhaar with mobile numbers is February 6.

Former Karnataka High Court Judge Justice K.S. Puttuswamy, Magsaysay awardee Shanta Sinha, feminist researcher Kalyani Sen Menon and many others have challenged the validity of Aadhaar Act on the grounds that it violates the fundamental right to privacy.

The government has already lifted the December 31 deadline for the linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts and PAN.

Earlier, the deadline for the linking of Aadhaar with PAN was August 31 which was extended till December 31 and now it has been further extended without any specific deadline.

- With agency inputs

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