Aadhaar Not Mandatory For Bank Accounts, Supreme Court Rules

The much-awaited verdict on Aadhar is out. After hearing some 27 petitions for a record 38 days that spanned over four-and-half months, the Supreme Court pronounced its judgment today. The Apex court maintained that linking Aadhaar to the PAN is must. But the court made it clear that it is not must to link to the bank accounts.

Supreme Court also ruled that Aadhaar scheme is constitutionally valid. It stated that it doesn’t violate the right to privacy of a citizen.

The SC has also not agreed with the Union government which had been arguing for the mandatory use of Aadhaar for all transactions. The top court said this comes with restrictions and limitations. Supreme Court has struck down the Section 57 of Aadhaar Act that allows the private firms to demand for Aadhaar.

Who Can’t Ask Aadhaar?

Private firms cannot insist on your Aadhaar information

Cellphone companies cannot seek your Aadhaar number

With this, bank account does not have to be linked to your Aadhaar ID

Schools cannot seek your child’s Aadhaar details including for admission

Who Can Ask Aadhaar?

Aadhaar should be linked to your PAN information for the filing of your tax returns. So, it’s must to link Aadhaar number to PAN number.