Aadhaar linking deadline extended to March 31, 2018: Centre tells SC


(Online Desk)

The Centre today has told the Supreme Court that the deadline will be extended to March 31 next year for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to avail various services and benefits of government schemes.

The court has┬áset up a Constitution Bench next week to hear interim pleas seeking stay on Centre’s move to link Aadhaar with various schemes and services.

Attorney General K K Venugopal, appearing for the Central Government, however, said the last date for linking Aadhaar for mobile services will remain as February 6 next year, in pursuance of a judicial order.

The Supreme Court lawyer, Shyam Divan, also mentioned before the apex court that since the deadline is going to expire, the petitioners should be heard for an interim relief.