March 31 deadline for Aadhaar linkage may be extended
NEW DELHI: The deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to avail various services and welfare schemes run by the government may be further extended beyond March 31, the Centre indicated to the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
The Centre said that since some more time would be needed to conclude the prolonged hearing in the Aadhaar case, the government may extend the deadline from March 31.
A five-judge Constitution bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan agreed with the contention of Attorney General K K Venugopal.
"We have extended the deadline in the past, and we will extend the deadline again, but we may do it by the end of the month to enable the petitioners in the case to conclude the arguments," Venugopal said.