Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who also holds the portfolios of Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Corporate Affairs, while speaking on Right to Privacy said that the government has always maintained a clear stand on the issue. ANI quoted Jaitley as saying, ”The government had a clear stand on the right to privacy”. Jaitley spoke on the issue hours after the Supreme Court passed a judgement on the issue.
Earlier today Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad while addressing a press conference said that the Central Government has always thought that privacy is a fundamental right that is subject to reasonable restrictions, as per the Indian Express.
Arun Jaitley went on to add that the judgement of the Supreme Court was a positive step and an evolution of the constitutional law. Jaitley said, ”The judgement is a positive development, there is always an effort to strengthen fundamental rights as an evolution of constitutional law,” according to an ANI. The Finance minister who is a lawyer by profession also targeted the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) over Aadhaar. Jaitley told ANI, ”The UPA brought Aadhaar without law, without any safeguards for data and therefore there was a challenge”.
The Finance Minister also added that ”Prima Facie the ruling of the apex court could be fitted into Article 21 and in a few cases Article 19 and therefore it can be subjected to those”. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has also said that the government is committed to every principle of the Supreme Court judgment.