After months of citizens in the country being perched on their seats and wondering whether to link their Aadhaar card to their mobile connections and bank accounts, amongst several other services, the Supreme Court has taken its decision today. The panel, which was led by Dipak Misra, the Chief Justice of India, and supported by Justices A M Khanwilkar, A K Sikri, Ashok Bhushan, and D Y Chandrachud, questioned the privacy of citizens with regard to the Aadhaar linking, and the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar law.
Now, following the 38-day hearing of the case, in which 27 petitions were filed for and against the linking of Aadhaar card to various services, the panel has announced that citizens will not be required to link their Aadhaar card to their bank account or to their mobile connections. In addition, the panel has decided that Aadhaar will not be made mandatory for school admissions, or for special schemes for children. The Supreme Court however added that the Aadhaar may soon be passed as a money bill.