<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central government on Monday told the Supreme Court that it was willing to extend the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to various services till March 31, 2018. Currently, the deadline to link various government schemes and banking services to Aadhaar is December 31. A bench headed by the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra also indicated that it may form a Constitution Bench next week to consider stay on mandatory linking. The Constitution Bench will decide whether any interim orders on Aadhaar issue is to be passed.The court said that it would beging hearing the pleas challenging Aadhaar after the Constitution Bench concludes hearing the Delhi-Centre case.Representing the Centre, Attorney General KK Venugopal asked the top court to list the matter in February next year as Justice Srikrishna commission has issued white paper on data protection and there is a likely to be suggestions from it, which may take some time.
ALSO READ Linking of Aadhaar with personal details dangerous for individuals and society: Mamata BanerjeeSenior Advocate Shyam Diwan, appearing for petitioner seeking interim order, told the bench that he had no objection for listing of matter in February but the court should hear his application.Last month, the Centre had told the apex court that it had extended the deadline extended till March 31 next year for those who do not have the 12-digit biometric identification number.
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