No Supreme Court stay on Aadhaar link to bank account, mobile

Supreme Court directs telecom firms banks to mention deadline for linking Aadhaar in text messages

Supreme Court directs telecom firms banks to mention deadline for linking Aadhaar in text messages

Several customers have been complaining of messages that implied disconnection if the numbers were not linked immediately although the last day for doing so for bank accounts is December 31 (March 31, 2018, for those without cards now) and for mobile numbers, February 6, 2018.

However, the SC has left it to the Constitution bench that would be deciding the efficacy of the Aadhaar Act itself, as well as the bunch of petitions questioning the Aadhaar link to various government and commercial services as mandated by the Centre, to take a call on whether or not Aadhaar link is legal and constitutionally viable.

A bench of Justices A.K. Sikri and Ashok Bhushan gave this direction when it was brought to the court's notice that the messages being sent by banks and telecom service providers lacked information on the last date for linking accounts and phones to Aadhaar.

Petitioners challenging the constitutional validity of Aadhaar have alleged that customers were being bombarded with messages threatening deactivation of bank accounts and mobile phone connections if they failed to link them with their UIDAI numbers. And now from 1st December 2017, Aadhaar cardholders can link their Unique Identity Number UID with the mobile number.

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On 30 October, the apex court referred all Aadhaar cases to a five-judge Constitution bench to be formed before the end of November. Responding to this, the Supreme Court issued a firm guideline to not send bulk messages while asking the operators to mention the last day for linking mobile numbers with Aadhar. And the deadline for the mobile number with Aadhaar card linkage can not be done unilaterally, since it was fixed by the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court on Friday refused to stay the linking of mobile connections and bank accounts to Aadhaar and directed telcos and banks to specify the deadlines to their customers.

They have also objected to the CBSE's alleged move to make Aadhaar card mandatory for students appearing for examinations, a contention denied by the Centre. The Centre is likely to extend the deadline for linking bank accounts to 31 March 2018.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had earlier announced that the linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts is mandatory.

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