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March 13, 2018

The Supreme Court indefinitely extended on Tuesday the March 31 deadline to link Aadhaar with various services till a constitution bench hearing the matter delivers a judgment.

Petitioners opposed to the mandatory linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts, phone numbers and other services had sought an extension of the deadline for such linkage.

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They argue that the mandatory linking of the 12-digit unique identity number with services will compromise an individual’s privacy.

A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, however, said Aadhaar will continue to be mandatory for direct benefit transfers under social welfare schemes.

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In December, the court extended the last date for completion of the process to link Aadhaar with services to March 31.

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