Aadhaar-PAN linking deadline extended to 30 June: CBDT

Blockchain- Aadhaar

Blockchain- Aadhaar

The order said the deadline for Aadhaar-PAN linking for filing I-T returns is being extended after "consideration of the matter".

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has extended the deadline for the PAN- Aadhaar linking to June 30.

The bench then said "We will not pass any interim order at this stage" and added that the petitioner may argue this aspect in their rejoinder submissions. He said collection of such data was prohibited under the Aadhaar Act.

Last week, the government had also extended the last date for re-verification of mobile connections through Aadhaar based E-KYC process till the Supreme Court's verdict.

The bench, however, said, "There are two ends of authentication".

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Referring to the details submitted by UIDAI that there was 12 per cent authentication failure resulting in loss of benefits to the intended beneficiaries, senior counsel K.V.Viswanathan said that total figures come to 14.4 crore people as 1.2 billion people are already under Aadhaar cover.

Some people wanted that the Aadhaar-linked services to go and hence, the misinformation was being spread and the some section of media was also helping in it.

The apex court ordered for the extension of the deadline till the five-judge constitution bench delivers its judgment on petitions challenging the validity of the biometric scheme and the enabling law. Bhushan, however, said that UIDAI would never know for what goal the authentication was done and it did not collect data pertaining to objective, location and details of authentication. The court said in both cases the data could be misused for commercial gains. Justice Misra has asked the questionnaire be handed over to Mr Pandey who would be required to send across the written answers before the next court hearing on Tuesday next week.

Pandey also denied that the system, as it stands, allows the data collected on a person's pizza-eating habits to be shared with insurance companies. CJI asked Pandey, "Suppose a man who enrols for Aadhaar and gives his thumb impression, it gets encrypted and stored in your server the moment he presses "save" button". He specifically denied that the UIDAI stored location and goal data.

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