‘Right to Privacy is a fundamental right,’ says Supreme Court

'Right to Privacy, fundamental right,Supreme Court
'Right to Privacy is a fundamental right,' says Supreme Court

A nine-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court while delivering its historic Right to Privacy verdict, said: “Right To Privacy is a fundamental right”.

The verdict has a bearing on other key verdicts, including the ones on the validity of Aadhaar and the ruling on Section 377 which criminalises gay sex.

Chief Justice of India, JS Khehar, said that privacy is protected under Article 21 and Part 3.

“All judgments that proceeded on the basis that privacy is a Fundamental Right are correct. Privacy is a guaranteed Fundamental Right,” says CJI Khehar.

The nine-judge bench overrules the previous two judgments by six-judge and an eight-judge bench of the Supreme Court, which had ruled that Right to Privacy is not a fundamental right.

The ruling was delivered by a rare nine-member bench and is based on an array of petitions that challenge the mandatory use of Aadhaar cards which assign a unique 12-digit ID to every citizen.

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