Ahmedabad: In an important decision today, the Supreme Court (SC) extended the March 31st deadline indefinitely for compulsory Aadhaar linking with bank accounts and mobile phones and said that order on Aadhaar, except for granting subsidy, will still be in effect until the five-judge bench gives its judgement on petitions against the constitutional validity of Aadhaar. It also added that the government cannot insist for mandatory Aadhaar for issuance of Tatkal passport.

On December 15, 2017, the apex court extended the deadline to March 31 for linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts and mobile. The bench which was headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra on 7th March said that it may not be possible to decide by 31st March about the petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act.

The bench, which also comprised of justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, had earlier said that since the matter might affect the financial institutions like banks and stock exchanges, it may create a big problem of compliance if the deadline got extended at the last moment.