The Supreme Court has made it clear that Banks and Telecom service providers will now have to indicate the deadline for complete Aadhaar linking process in their messages and calls to customers.
"We make it clear that in the messages sent by banks and telecom service providers, the date of December 31, 2017, and February 6, 2018, shall also be indicated as the last date of linking Aadhaar with bank accounts and mobile numbers," the bench said.
A bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan was told by the advocates representing the petitioners that "panic" was being caused among the people as these communications warn customers about discontinuity of their services if the process remains incomplete.
The apex court, though, did not pass any interim order on the pleas challenging the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act as well as linking of 12-digit unique biometric identification number with bank accounts and mobile numbers allegedly compromising with ‘privacy of people’.
Hearing in all Aadhaar related issues would start before another bench in the last week of November and the bench would further decide on the issue, it said.
Currently, the last date to link Aadhaar with bank accounts is December 31 this year while for mobile numbers, it is February 6, 2018.