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Supreme Court reserves verdict on ‘right to privacy’ is fundamental right

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Source: indianexpress

The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its judgment over the issue of right to privacy is fundamental right or not. A nine-judge bench of SC was hearing the matter for a long time now and finally the verdict was reserved after extended arguments between the Centre and the petitioners.

A Constitution bench was headed by the Chief Justice of India. Since the last fortnight, the Supreme Court saw intense debate on the question.

Petitioners have said that privacy, although not clearly mentioned as a right, is the heart and soul of the Constitution. But, the Centre has maintained that privacy does not have the status of a fundamental right and framers of the Constitution deliberately chose to do so.

The right to privacy is a landmark case. It will set the pitch for how governments and institutions describe privacy for people in future.

The Centre’s stand on privacy was regressive with statement that include that privacy can be traded for food, personal liberty does not include the mind, and that a data protection law cannot be challenged on the basis that the protection is inadequate. However, the apex court wasn’t in favour of these arguments.

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