In­di­cate last date to link Aad­haar: SC to banks, tel­cos

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Supreme Court on 3 Novem­ber, asked ser­vice providers, in­clud­ing banks and tele­com firms, to in­di­cate the last date for cus­tomers to link their ser­vices to Aad­haar.

Over the past few months, ser­vice providers have been call­ing and send­ing mes­sages/ emails to cus­tomers to link their bank ac­counts/phone num­bers to Aad­haar or face de­ac­ti­va­tion of ser­vices, caus­ing con­cern.

The last date for link­ing of Aad­haar with bank ac­counts as of now is 31 De­cem­ber and for mo­bile num­bers it is 6 Fe­bru­ary 2018. The cen­tre is likely to ex­tend the dead­line for link­ing bank ac­counts to 31 March.

A di­vi­sion bench headed by jus­tice A.K. Sikri also is­sued no­tice on a plea chal­leng­ing the va­lid­ity of the 2016 Aad­haar Act, cit­ing pri­vacy con­cerns and re­ports that the bio­met­ric sys­tem was not func­tion­ing prop­erly.

The court said all pend­ing pe­ti­tions re­lated to Aad­haar would be clubbed with the main pe­ti­tion that is slated for fi­nal dis­posal at the end of Novem­ber by a Con­sti­tu­tion bench.

An­other plea brought by Kar­nataka-based pe­ti­tioner Mathew Thomas, who has chal­lenged the va­lid­ity of the 2016 Act cit­ing pri­vacy con­cerns and re­ports that the bio­met­ric sys­tem was not work­ing prop­erly, was also moved be­fore the court.

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