Aadhaar Linking Deadline Will Be Extended Till March 31, Centre Tells Supreme Court
Attorney General K K Venugopal said the last date for linking Aadhaar for mobile services will remain February 6 next year in pursuance of a judicial order.
New Delhi: The Centre on Thursday told the Supreme Court that it will extend the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to various government schemes till March 31, 2018.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra was informed by Attorney General K K Venugopal that the Centre was willing to extend the deadline of December 31 to March 31 next year for linking of Aadhaar with various services and schemes.
The Attorney General, however, made clear that February 6 next year would remain the deadline for linking Aadhaar for availing uninterrupted mobile services as it had been mandated by the apex court.
Senior advocate Shyam Divan, appearing for those who are opposed to Aadhaar scheme told the bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, that the central government should give an undertaking that no coercive steps would be taken against those fail to link their Aadhaar with various services.
The apex court will set up Constitution Bench next week to hear interim pleas seeking stay on Centre's move to link Aadhaar with various schemes and services.
The SC on October 30 had said that a Constitution Bench would commence hearing on the clutch of petitions against Aadhaar scheme from the last week of November.
Recently, a nine-judge constitution bench of the apex court had held that Right to Privacy was a Fundamental Right under the Constitution. Several petitioners challenging the validity of Aadhaar had claimed it violated privacy rights.
The Centre had on October 25 told the top court that the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to receive benefits of government schemes has been extended till March 31, 2018 for those who do not have the 12-digit unique biometric identification number and were willing to enrol for it.
With PTI inputs
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