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Right to Privacy is Fundamental Right, says Supreme Court

Updated: Aug 24, 2017 07:17:36am

Right to Privacy is Fundamental Right, says Supreme Court

New Delhi, Aug 23 (KNN) A nine-judge Supreme Court Constitutional bench, in a landmark judgement which is bound to have a crucial bearing in the Aadhaar issue, today said Right to Privacy is a Fundamental right.

The apex court overruled the earlier eight-judge bench judgment in MP Sharma case and six-judge bench judgment in Kharak Singh case -- both of which had ruled that privacy is not a Fundamental Right.

Supreme Court said Right to Privacy is intrinsic to Right to Life granted under Article 21 of the Constitution.

However, the court has not ruled on the validity of sharing information under Aadhaar today. Now a five-judge bench of the apex court will test the validity of Aadhaar from the aspect of privacy as a Fundamental Right.

Petitioners had apprehended that the intimate personal details could land in the hands of undesirable elements.

SC today said that Right to Privacy is part of an individual's life and personal liberty. It has now over ruled two earlier seven and eight judges bench rulings that citizens had no such fundamental right to privacy.


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