In its interim order, the Supreme Court on Friday extended the deadline of linking Aadhaar to various government schemes and services to March 31, 2018.
However, the Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said that those who did not have an Aadhaar number but were opening bank accounts would have to furnish their enrollment numbers for the unique id.
The interim order would be subject to the final outcome of the batch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act on the grounds of it violating the fundamental right to privacy.
This after the government itself had revised the deadline to link the Aadhaar number with bank accounts to the same date on Wednesday.
The apex court will hear a batch of petitions challenging the governmentâ€™s decision to mandatory linking to various schemes again on January 17, 2018.
The earlier deadline set by the government was December 31 for linking the 12-digit unique identification number with both Permanent Account Number (PAN) and bank accounts.
However, the government extended the deadline last week for linking it with PAN till March 31.
A notification to link it with bank accounts was later issued on Tuesday by the Department of Revenue under the Finance Ministry. The notification, however, did not mention the new deadline, leaving it open-ended.
The government later issued a press release which contained the deadline of March 31.
According to the December 12 notification, the words "submit the Aadhaar number and PAN by December 31, 2017" have been substituted by "submit the Aadhaar number, PAN or Form No 60 by such date as may be notified by the Central government".
The release said under the provisions of Prevention of Money-laundering (Maintenance of Records) Second Amendment Rules, 2017, it was provided that if a client already having a bank account or any other account-based relationship with reporting entities prior to date of this notification fails to submit the Aadhaar number and PAN by December 31, "the said account shall cease to be operational till the time the Aadhaar number and PAN is submitted by the client".
In case of a person opening a new account, the deadline for submitting Aadhaar number and PAN was "six months from the date of the commencement of the account based relationship".
"After considering various representations received in this regard and inputs received from banks, it has been decided to notify March 31, 2018 or six months from the date of commencement of account based relationship by the client, whichever is later, as the date of submission of the Aadhaar number, and Permanent Account Number or Form 60 by the clients to the reporting entity," the statement said.