New Delhi: The Centre told the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday that it will extend the deadline for mandatory Aadhaar to avail social benefits to December 31 from the earlier September 30.
Attorney General (AG) K K Venugopal, on the Centre’s behalf, made this statement to a Supreme Court bench when petitioners sought an early hearing on pleas challenging Aadhaar’s validity, following last week’s top court judgment declaring privacy a fundamental right.
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Amitava Roy and Justice A.M. Khanwilkar said the challenge to the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar scheme would be heard in the first week of November.
On June 27, the deadline for mandatory Aadhaar for social benefits was earlier extended to September 30 from June 30. At the time, the SC also said there will be no freeze on the government notification that makes Aadhaar mandatory for social benefit schemes.