In a historic point judgment that will affect the lives of 134 crore Indians and may give a monstrous shock to government’s Aadhaar push, a nine-judge Supreme Court Constitutional seat today said Right to Privacy is a Fundamental Right.
Conveying a consistent decision, Supreme Court overruled the before eight-judge seat judgment in MP Sharma case and six-judge seat judgment in Kharak Singh case – both of which had decided that privacy is not a Fundamental Right.
However, the court has not led on the validity of sharing data under Aadhaar today. Presently a five-judge seat of the summit court will test the legitimacy of Aadhaar from the part of protection as a Fundamental Right.
Talking about the judgment, senior legal advisor Prashant Bhushan, who was gathering to the case stated: “The judgment read out so far just says that the privilege to security is a basic right, ensured by Article 21 (of the Constitution on the right to life and personal liberty)
Here is a concise order of Supreme Court hearings in the right to privacy case:
*July 7: Three-judge bench says issues arising out of Aadhaar should finally be decided by larger bench and CJI would take a call on the need for setting up a constitution bench.
*July 7: Matter mentioned before CJI who sets up a five- judge Constitution bench to hear the matter.
*July 18: Five-judge constitution bench decides to set up a nine-judge bench to decide whether the right to privacy can be declared a fundamental right under the Constitution.
Nine-judge bench (Chief Justice J S Khehar, Justices J Chelameswar, S A Bobde, R K Agrawal, Rohinton Fali Nariman, Abhay Manohar Sapre, D Y Chandrachud, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and S Abdul Nazeer) constituted to hear the privacy matter.
*July 19: SC says the right to privacy can’t be total, might be directed.
*July 19: Center reveals to SC that privilege to protection is not a basic right.
*July 26: Karnataka, West Bengal, Punjab and Puducherry, the four non-BJP ruled states move SC for the right to privacy.
*July 26: Center reveals to SC that security can be essential appropriate with a few riders.
*July 27: Maharashtra government discloses to SC that security is not an “independent” right, but rather it is fairly an idea.
*August 1: SC says there must be “overall” rules to ensure a person’s private data out in the public domain.
*August 2: SC says insurance of the idea of privacy in the innovative time was a “losing battle”, reserves verdict.
*August 24: SC declares right to privacy as a fundamental right under the Constitution.
Twitterati didn’t take a long time to show their emotions on this. Here are some of the best tweets on Right to Privacy:
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