The Supreme Court has indefinitely extended the deadline for linking Aadhaar with mobile phones and for opening bank accounts from March 31, 2018 till the 5 Judge Constitution Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra delivers judgment on the Constitutional validity of Aadhaar.

Earlier, on December 15, 2017, the Bench had extended the Aadhaar linking deadline from December 31, 2017 to March 31, 2018.

The order also says that Aadhaar cannot be made mandatory for obtaining Tatkal passports after Senior Advocates Arvind Datar and Shyam Divan informed the court that tatkal passports could not be obtained without an Aadhaar, and questioned the mandate of Aadhaar for issuing them.

Vidyut is a commentator on socio-political issues with a keen understanding of tech and policy. She has been observing and commenting on Aadhaar since 2010 from a perspective of human rights, democracy and technological robustness.

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