Supreme Court to Pronounce Judgment on Mandatory Aadhaar Linking Today

New Delhi, Dec 15:  The Supreme Court on Friday will pronounce judgment on petitions seeking interim stay on government’s rule of mandatory linking of Aadhaar to avail various government schemes and services, including bank accounts and phone numbers. A five-judge bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra had completed the hearing on Thursday.

In the hearing, Attorney General KK Venugopal said in the court that the government has extended the deadline for linking Aadhaar number to various services to March 31, 2018. He told the apex court that the government was ready to extend the deadline of linking mobile phone numbers from February 6 if the court ordered. The court might issue an order regarding this.

The Narendra Modi dispensation is leaving no stones unturned to make Aadhaar a citizen’s prime identification. The government is using the unique identification number to plug leakages in welfare schemes and to check corruption.

The detractors have said that the UID was an infringement of privacy of individuals and the government would have more data on a person than was necessary.

KK Venugopal on Thursday appealed to the court to keep linking bank accounts with Aadhaar mandatory as it would bolster the authentication process.

“All that is required of a new account holder is to either have an Aadhaar for identity purpose or at least produce it in the next six months. Meanwhile, an Aadhaar enrollment number would suffice,” the Hindu reported.