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Aadhaar constitutionally valid, but banks, mobile companies can’t ask for it says SC

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New Delhi, Sep 26: The Supreme Court, in a landmark verdict, on Wednesday clearly delineated where Aadhaar linking can be made mandatory and where it can not be. The court, while upholding the constitutionally validity of Aadhaar, ruled that there is no need to link Aadhaar with bank accounts and mobile phones.

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The top court said that Aadhaar is needed to ensure that benefits of the government schemes reach the poor. The SC also held that linking of Aadhaar with PAN and for ITR filing was needed. It, however, said that Aadhaar cannot be made mandatory for school admissions. The court had heard this matter for a record 38 days spanning over four months, thus making it the second longest case in the history of India after the Keshavananda Bharti case, which spanned over for five months.

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