New Delhi: Supreme Court agreed to Centre’s submissions of the deadline of linking Aadhaar with all schemes till March 31. New bank accounts can be opened without Aadhaar but applicant needs to submit proof that he has applied for the card: SC. The five-judge Constitution bench of Supreme Court passed the interim order also extended the linking of Aadhaar with mobile phone.
The Centre had told the apex court on Thursday that it would extend the deadline. However, the Centre vehemently pressed before the constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra for allowing the national biometric identifier to remain mandatory for opening new bank accounts.
The top court, which fixed the main petitions challenging the Aadhaar scheme itself for final hearing on January 17 next year, said it would consider the submission of Attorney General K K Venugopal that deadline of February 6, 2018 for mandatory linking of Aadhaar with mobile services can also be extended up to March 31 next year.