Right to Privacy a fundamental Right: SC

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New Delhi:  Giving a landmark judgement on Thursday, a nine judge bench of Supreme Court declared privacy as a fundamental right. The decision however, is feared to impact everything related to government’s signature Aadhar programme.
The bench headed by chief justice JS Kheher, ruled that privacy was a part of the fundamental right to life and personal liberty guaranteed to the citizens under Article 21 of the Constitution. It also speaks of right to marriage, procreation, sexual orientation and that the government cannot frame any policy or law that affects the right to privacy.
A five judge bench will now examine the claims of Aadhar opponents that the programme is unreasonable intrusion into citizen’s privacy.
Earlier, the five judge bench led by Justice JS Kheher met on July 18, to decide on this, however, it was told by centre that the strength of the bench was inadequate as an eight judge bench in the MP Sharma case in 1954 and a six member bench in the Kharak Singh case in 1962, ruled that Right to Privacy was not a fundamental right.

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