By the end of the month, the date of linking of the Aadhaar can be extended beyond 31 March.
There is good news for millions of people troubled to link the Aadhaar. The government can extend the last date of linking from March 31, 2018. The Central Government today indicated in the Supreme Court that the time limit for compulsory linking of the Aadhaar can be extended to March 31, to avail the services and welfare schemes of the government. The Center said that the time required for completion of pending hearings in the Aadhaar case would be required, hence the government can extend the deadline beyond March 31.
The five-member constitution bench of Chief Justice Deepak Mishra and Justice AK Sikri, Justice AM Khanvilkar, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Ashok Bhushan agreed with the plea of Attorney General K. Venugopal. Venugopal said, “We have already extended the deadline and will increase again but we can do this at the end of the month so that the petitioner can fulfill his arguments in the matter.”
The bench said, “The Attorney General has picked up very right point and will not repeat arguments by lawyers of the petitioners in the court case.” The Supreme Court on December 15 last year extended the deadline to connect Aadhaar with several schemes till March 31 Was given.Earlier, senior advocate Shyam Diwan, presenting arguments for challenging the Aadhaar, said that the deadline of 31 March 2018 can be extended as it does not seem likely that the hearing in the case challenging the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act Will be complete. The bench called the Attorney General for assistance in this matter.At the end of the hearing yesterday, Venugopal appeared before the bench and made a statement about the possibility of extension of timeframe.