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SC to List Pleas Challenging Validity of Aadhaar in Nov.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today agreed to list a number of petitions challenging the validity of Aadhaar likely in the first week of November.

The Central Government told the three-judge Bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice (CJI) Dipak Misra that the deadline for availing various schemes and social security measures had been extended till December 31.

Earlier, the deadline for getting all the benefits under Aadhaar was September 31.

Interestingly, today, the Attorney General (AG), K.K. Venugopal, top law officer representing the Central Government, requested the CJI-headed Bench of the apex court to list all the Aadhaar petitions before a five-judge Constitution Bench instead of a three-judge Bench.

The apex court, after hearing from the Central Government, said, we would most likely list all these pleas challenging the validity of Aadhaar in the first week of November.

Meanwhile, August 31 is the last date to link Aadhar card with permanent account number (PAN). The earlier deadline of July 31st was extended as many people expressed their inability to link the Aadhar and PAN due to difference in names.

However, after the SC’s verdict on privacy being our fundamental right, many are thinking that it might have an implication on the Aadhar and PAN linking and it can be avoided.

However, the privacy judgement was silent on its implications on Aadhar and as things stand today, linking of Aadhar and PAN is mandatory.