Aadhaar not mandatory to apply for any national examination: SC

  • Aadhaar not mandatory to apply for any national examination: SC

Aadhaar not mandatory to apply for any national examination: SC

A five-judge Constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, accepted the Centre's contention that students may instead submit their passport, driving licence, bank account, Voters identity or ration card as proof of identity.

The mandatory Aadhaar rule will apply on all NEET candidates, except those residing in Assam, Meghalaya and Jammu and Kashmir, the CBSE had said. Now, students can show any kind of identity like voter ID, passport, driving license, bank account for fulfilling the objective of identification.

"If the court passes an interim order on March 27, then it will create huge problem of compliance for financial institutions like banks and stock exchange", Justice Chandrachud said.

However, the CBSE had made the Aadhaar number or Aadhaar enrolment number mandatory for students aspiring to take the NEET 2018.

The deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to avail various services and welfare schemes run by the Government of India (GoI) may be further extended beyond March 31, the Centre indicated in the Supreme Court on Tuesday. The deadline for mandatory linkage has now been extended to 31 March, 2018.

The CJI told the counsel, "we would pass appropriate orders next week if the government does not extend the time limit on its own in the meantime".

Interestingly, the Supreme Court had rejected a petition seeking an extension of deadline beyond March 31, 2018 for linking Aadhaar with a host of services like banking, mobile phones and schemes like post office deposits last month.

The petitioners said the deadline was nearing and the case was unlikely to be decided by 31 March.

It was on December 15 past year, that the Supreme Court had extended the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various services and welfare schemes till March 31. The Supreme Court had already made it clear in a series of interim orders that Aadhaar would continue to be voluntary till a final decision is taken by the court about its constitutional validity.