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SC: No need link Aadhaar to mobile, bank account until final judgement

SC: No need link Aadhaar to mobile, bank account until final judgement

On 7 March, the Supreme Court directed the CBSE not to make Aadhaar number mandatory for enrolment of students appearing in NEET 2018 and other all India exams. We can not tell them, like on March 27, whether the deadline is extended or not...

The five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra, however, said that Aadhaar is still necessary to avail social benefits, services and subsidies.

The fact that time is running out for linking Aadhaar and citizens should not be left in a state of uncertainty was highlighted by one of the judges, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, on the Aadhaar Constitution Bench itself.

On December 15 previous year, the apex court had extended till March 31 the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various services and welfare schemes. Many, who supported Aadhaar, were disappointed with the court's indefinite extension.

However, it is still mandatory to link your welfare schemes with Aadhaar to get benefits under Article 7 before the deadline. The court granted this in response to a request made by attorney general K.K. Venugopal.

The hearing began with submissions advanced by Senior Advocate P Chidambaram.

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Besides the constitutional validity, the Modi government's move to introduce the law as a Money Bill has also been challenged. This hampers the basic part of the Constitution i.e. the federal structure, Chidambaram argued. The Rajya Sabha can neither reject nor amend the bill, and must return it within 14 days, after which Lok Sabha may choose to accept or reject all or any of its recommendations.

The SC said that its interim order on not insisting Aadhaar, except for giving subsidy, will remain in force till the case is decided.

On December 15, 2017, the Bench extended the Aadhaar linking deadline from December 31, 2017 to March 31, 2018.

Attorney General KK Venugopal submitted that the directives of the Supreme Court are being properly complied with. He proceeded to submit that other ID's such as the voter ID, Electricity bills etc. are being taken into consideration.

The bench is now hearing the petitioners in the case, after which the government will respond and present its arguments.

The matter will be heard again tomorrow.


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