New Delhi, March 13, 2018

The Supreme Court on Tuesday extended indefinitely the March 31 deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts and mobile phones.

The SC 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.

"The government cannot insist for mandatory Aadhaar even for issuance of Tatkal passport," the Supreme Court said.

On December 15 last year, the apex court had extended the deadline for linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts and mobile phone to March 31.

[The Times of India]