Mention last date for Aadhaar linkage, mobile firms & banks told

New Delhi, November 3 (IANS): The Supreme Court on Friday asked banks and mobile phone service providers to tell their customers the last date for linking of accounts and mobile numbers with Aadhaar.

A bench of Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan said the court had been told that banks and service providers were bombarding mobile users and account holders with messages without mentioning the deadline for the linkage.

The court said that banks and service providers will mention the last date for linking of accounts and mobile numbers with Aadhaar in their messages as it issued notice to the Centre on two petitions, by Kalyani Menon Sen and Mathews Thomas challenging the validity of Aadhaar law.

“I am also receiving messages. Let that date be given,” Justice Sikri observed as Attorney General K.K. Venugopal told the court that there was need for passing an order as the government has itself extended the deadline for linking Aadhaar with bank accounts and mobile numbers.

Issuing notice to the Centre, the court tagged the two petitions with the main petition by the former Karnataka High Court Judge K.S. Puttaswamy, others by first Chairperson of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights and Magsaysay awardee Shanta Sinha, CPI leader Binoy Viswam and others challenging the validity of Aadhaar on the grounds of being violative of right to privacy and on other counts. Refusing to pass any order as the hearing by the constitution bench in these matters would commence in the third week of November, the court however granted liberty to press for stay if hearing does not take place as ordered or continues beyond December 31.

Deemed universities can’t start distant education courses: SC

New Delhi, November 3 (IANS): The Supreme Court on Friday said no deemed-to-be-university can run open and distant learning courses from the next academic year (2018-19) unless it is permitted to do so by the concerned authorities. “We restrain all deemed-to-be-universities to carry on any courses in distance education mode from the Academic Session 2018-2019 onwards unless and until it is permissible to conduct such courses in distance education mode,” a bench of Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit ruled. The court said they could not start any course in distance education mode unless “specific permissions are granted by the concerned statutory/regulatory authorities in respect of each of those courses and unless the off-campus centres/ study centres are individually inspected and found adequate by the concerned statutory authorities”. “The approvals have to be course-specific,” the court stressed.

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