Extension of the last date for Aadhar linkage is now 30th June 2018
The Supreme Court on Tuesday extended indefinitely the 31st March deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar with bank account and mobile phone.
"The government cannot insist for mandatory Aadhaar even for issuance of Tatkal passport," the Supreme Court said.
A five-Judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, C.J.I., had said it may not be possible to decide by 31st March the Constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act.
The bench, which also comprised Judges [A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, JJ.] had earlier said that since the matter would have implications on financial institutions like banks and stock exchange, it would create a huge problem of compliance if the deadline was extended at the last moment.
The Supreme Court said that its interim order on not insisting Aadhaar, except for giving subsidy, will remain in force till the five-Judge bench gives its judgment on petitions challenging the constitutional validity of Aadhaar.
[RECORD OF PROCEEDING]
SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
13th March 2018
RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS
Writ Petition (Civil) No. 494/2012
JUSTICE K.S. PUTTASWAMY (RETD) AND ANOTHER
UNION OF INDIA AND OTHERS
O R D E R
1. Mr. P. Chidambaram, learned senior counsel appearing for the petitioner in W.P.(C) No. 231/2016 concluded his arguments. Mr. K.V. Viswanathan, learned senior counsel for the petitioner in W.P.(C) No. 833/2013, who has commenced his arguments has assured that he will finish his arguments by 1.00 p.m. tomorrow.
2. Mr. Arvind Datar, learned senior counsel has brought to our notice that a set of Rules, namely, the Passports (1st Amendment) Rules, 2018 has been introduced which has conceived of Passport under “Tatkal” Scheme. There has been a distinction between the earlier one and the present one. Mr. Arvind Datar and Mr. Shyam Divan, learned senior counsel appearing for the petitioners submitted that the interim order passed by this Court on 15.12.2017 should be extended, and also it should cover the arena relating to the grant of Passports. On a query being made, Mr. K.K. Venugopal, learned Attorney General for India submitted that this Court may think of extending the interim order. However, the benefits, subsidies and services covered under Section 7 of the The Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 should remain undisturbed. We accept the same.
3. Having heard learned counsel for the parties, we accept the submission made by the learned Attorney General. Subject to that, we direct that the interim order passed on 15.12.2017 shall stand extended till the matter is finally heard and the judgment is pronounced. That apart, the directions issued in the interim order shall apply as stated in paragraphs 11 to 13 in the said order. For the sake of clarity, we reproduce the said paragraphs which read as under:-
- “11. In terms of (iii) above, subject to the submission of the details in regard to the filing of an application for an Aadhaar card and the furnishing of the application number to the account opening bank, we likewise extend the last date for the completion of the process of Aadhaar linking of new bank accounts to 31 March 2018.
- 12. In terms of (iv) above we extend the date for the completion of the E-KYC process in respect of mobile phone subscribers until 31 March 2018.
- 13. Consistent with the above directions, we also direct that the extension of the last date for Aadhar linkage to 31 March 2018 shall apply, besides the schemes of the Ministries/Departments of the Union government to all state governments in similar terms. As a consequence of the extension of the deadline to 31 March 2018, it is ordered accordingly.”
4. It is also directed that the same shall also control and govern the Passports (1st Amendment) Rules, 2018.
Let the matter be listed tomorrow (14.3.2018).
(IA No.141212/2017-impleading party and IA No.141215/2017 - CLARIFICATION/DIRECTION and IA No.5311/2018-impleading party and IA No.5312/2018-CLARIFICATION/DIRECTION and IA No.5890/2018- INTERVENTION APPLICATION and IA No.10105/2018-INTERVENTION APPLICATION and IA No.10355/2018-impleading party and IA No.13628/2018-impleading party and IA No.24406/2018-INTERVENTION APPLICATION)
T.C.(C) No. 151/2013 (XVI-A), T.C.(C) No. 152/2013 (XVI-A), W.P.(C) No. 833/2013 (PIL-W), W.P.(C) No. 829/2013 (PIL-W)
(and IA No.22171/2018-INTERVENTION APPLICATION and IA No.22174/2018-PERMISSION TO APPEAR AND ARGUE IN PERSON)
T.P.(C) No. 1797/2013 (XVI-A), W.P.(C) No. 932/2013 (PIL-W), T.P.(C) No. 1796/2013 (XVI-A), CONMT.PET.(C) No. 144/2014 In W.P.(C) No. 494/2012 (PIL-W), T.P.(C) No. 313/2014 (XVI-A), T.P.(C) No. 312/2014 (XVI-A), SLP(Crl) No. 2524/2014 (II-A), W.P.(C) No. 37/2015 (PIL-W), W.P.(C) No. 220/2015 (PIL-W), CONMT.PET.(C) No. 674/2015 In W.P.(C) No. 829/2013 (PIL-W), T.P.(C) No. 921/2015 (XVI-A), CONMT.PET.(C) No. 470/2015 In W.P.(C) No. 494/2012 (PIL-W), W.P.(C) No. 231/2016 (PIL-W),
(FOR ON IA 1/2016 DIRECTION FOR ON IA 2/2016 - PERMISSION TO AMEND WRIT PETITION AND RAISING ADDTIONAL GROUNDS)
CONMT.PET.(C) No. 444/2016 In W.P.(C) No. 494/2012 (PIL-W), CONMT.PET.(C) No. 608/2016 In W.P.(C) No. 494/2012 (PIL-W), W.P.(C) No. 797/2016 (PIL-W)
(FOR PERMISSION TO FILE ANNEXURES ON IA 4/2016, FOR DIRECTIONS ON IA 5/2017, FOR STAY APPLICATION ON IA 6/2017)
CONMT.PET.(C) No. 844/2017 In W.P.(C) No. 494/2012 (PIL-W), W.P.(C) No. 342/2017 (PIL-W)
(FOR INTERIM PRAYERS FOR GRANT OF INTERIM RELIEF ON IA 1/2017 and
IA No.129017/2017-impleading party and IA No.129021/2017 - CLARIFICATION/DIRECTION and IA No.129027/2017-impleading party and IA No.129032/2017-CLARIFICATION/DIRECTION and IA No.1551/2018 - impleading party and IA No.6537/2018-INTERVENTION APPLICATION and IA No.6666/2018-INTERVENTION APPLICATION)
W.P.(C) No. 372/2017 (X), W.P.(C) No. 841/2017 (X)
(FOR ADMISSION and IA No.119235/2017-AMENDMENT OF THE PETITION)
W.P.(C) No. 1058/2017 (PIL-W), W.P.(C) No. 966/2017 (PIL-W)
(FOR ADMISSION and IA No.102155/2017-GRANT OF INTERIM RELIEF)
W.P.(C) No. 1014/2017 (PIL-W)
(FOR ADMISSION and I.R. and IA No.107091/2017-GRANT OF INTERIM RELIEF and IA No.122999/2017-impleading party)
W.P.(C) No. 1002/2017 (PIL-W), W.P.(C) No. 1056/2017 (X)
(and IA No.6196/2018-PERMISSION TO FILE ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS)
CONMT.PET.(C) No. 34/2018 in W.P.(C) No. 1014/2017 (PIL-W)
Date : 13-03-2018 This matter was called on for hearing today.
HON'BLE THE CHIEF JUSTICE
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE A.K. SIKRI
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE A.M. KHANWILKAR
HON'BLE DR. JUSTICE D.Y. CHANDRACHUD
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE ASHOK BHUSHAN
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