Right to privacy verdict Live Updates: Supreme Court today upheld Right To Privacy as fundamental right under the Constitution. Is Right to Privacy a Fundamental Right guaranteed by the Constitution of India? The Supreme Court said it is a fundamental right. The unanimous decision was announced by a nine-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar. Earlier, the nine-judge bench had reserved its verdict in the case on August 2 after hearing long arguments for six days spanning over a period of three weeks.
Here are Live Updates of the Right to privacy verdict to be announced today:
11:55 am: Earlier, Karnataka, West Bengal, Punjab and Puducherry, the four non-BJP ruled states had moved the Supreme Court in favour of right to privacy.
11:52 AM: Glad; as the world moves towards digitization citizens must have rights against misuse of info, says MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar.
11:50 AM: WATCH– Legal expert’s reaction after Supreme Court decided to uphold Right To Privacy as fundamental right under the Constitution.
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11:46 AM: On July 18, five-judge constitution bench decides to set up a nine-judge bench to decide whether the right to privacy can be declared a fundamental right under the Constitution.
11:44 AM: On July 7, Three-judge bench says issues arising out of Aadhaar should finally be decided by larger bench and CJI would take a call on need for setting up a constitution bench.
11:41 AM: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has thanked Supreme Court for upholding Right to privacy as a fundamental right. Take a look at his tweet
Thank u SC for this v important judgement
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) August 24, 2017
11:37 AM: WATCH- Right to privacy is a fundamental right, says Supreme Court; here is all you need to know
11:33 AM: Earlier, Attorney General K K Venugopal had said “informational privacy” could not be a right to privacy and it could not ever be a fundamental right.
11:30 AM: Supreme Court rejects Modi government’s attempt to whittle down the right to privacy as a fundamental right by AG’s plea of no mention in Constitution, Congress spokesperson Randeep S Surjewala.
11:28 AM: Take a look at Surjewala’s tweet
Path breaking & seminal judgement of Supreme Court declares ‘Privacy’ as fundamental right. A great victory for liberty & freedom.1/2
— Randeep S Surjewala (@rssurjewala) August 24, 2017
11:27 AM: The Supreme Court ruling was to deal with batch of petitions challenging govt move to make Aadhaar mandatory for availing benefits of social welfare schemes
11:25 AM: Privacy is a fundamental right. The freedom that was won in 1947 has been enriched and enlarged, says former Union Minister P. Chidambaram
11:23 AM: Take a look at P. Chidambaram’s tweet
Privacy is the core of personal liberty. Article 21 has acquired a new magnificence.
— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) August 24, 2017
11:21 AM: Before pronouncing the judgement, the CJI said that among the nine judges some of them have authored different orders.
11:19 AM: Justice Khehar, who read the operative portion of the judgement, said the subsequent verdicts pronounced after M P Sharma and Kharak Singh have laid down the correct position of the law.
11:17 AM: The judgement in the Kharak Singh case was pronounced by eight judges and in M P Sharma it was delivered by six judges.
11:15 AM: The bench overruled the M P Sharma verdict of 1950 and that of Kharak Singh of 1960.
11:13 AM: The nine judges of the top court unanimously overruled the two earlier judgements of the apex court that right to privacy is not protected under the Constitution.
11:10 AM: The ruling on the highly contentious issue was to deal with a batch of petitions challenging the Centre’s move to make Aadhaar mandatory for availing the benefits of various social welfare schemes.
11:06 AM: Others members of the bench comprising Justices J Chelameswar, S A Bobde, R K Agrawal, R F Nariman, A M Sapre, D Y Chandrachud, S K Kaul and S Abdul Nazeer also shared the same view.
11:04 AM: A nine-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar ruled that right to privacy is protected intrinsically as part of rights guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution.
11:02 AM: WATCH- Here is what lawyer Prashant Bhushan said on SC verdict
— News18 (@CNNnews18) August 24, 2017
11:00 AM: 9-judge Constitution bench headed by CJI Justice JS Khehar has ruled Right To Privacy protected intrinsically as part of rights under Article 21, according to PTI report.
10:53 AM: It is a big setback for the central government, says Prashant Bhushan
10:50 AM: Noted lawyer Prashant Bhushan welcomed the Supreme Court decision. Now the government can not ask for Aadhaar for travelling, purchasing goods.
10:48 AM: All judgments that proceeded on the basis that privacy is a Fundamental Right is correct
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10:46 AM: Supreme Court’s nine judge bench upholds Right To Privacy as a fundamental right.
10:45 AM: Right to privacy is a fundamental right and part of Article 19 and 21, subject of course to reasonable restrictions imposed by law. Hope SC upholds this, said noted lawyer Prashant Bhushan.
10:43 AM: Giving the example of the Global Positioning System (GPS), Sibal had said the movement of person could be tracked and misused by the State as well as by non-State actors.
10:41 AM: Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, while representing four non-BJP ruled states — Karnataka, West Bengal, Punjab and Puducherry — had argued that these states supported the contention that the right to privacy be held as fundamental in the age of technological advancements.
10:38 AM: The verdict is likely to be delivered at courtroom 1 of Supreme Court
10:36 AM: The apex court had earlier observed the State could seek information such as details on the number of children a woman had, but at the same time could not force her to answer a question on how many abortions she’d had.
10:33 AM: WATCH- If delivered, it will be a path-breaking verdict
10:30 AM: The contentious issue of whether the right was a fundamental one was referred to a larger bench in 2015 after the Centre underlined two judgements delivered in 1950 and 1962 by the apex court that had held it was not a fundamental right.
10:27 AM: Attorney General K K Venugopal had said “informational privacy” could not be a right to privacy and it could not ever be a fundamental right.
10:24 AM: “There is no fundamental right to privacy and even if it is assumed as a fundamental right, it is multifaceted. Every facet can’t be ipso facto considered a fundamental right,” Attorney General K K Venugopal told the 9-judge Supreme Court bench.
10:21 AM: Notably, on July 27, the Central government had told the Supreme Court since privacy was multifaceted, it could not be treated as a fundamental right.
10:18 AM: WATCH- The big question- Is Right to Privacy A Fundamental Right?
10:15 AM: “Liberty is the fundamental value of our Constitution. Life and liberty are natural existing rights which our Constitution has. Now can liberty be at all experienced without privacy. Can liberty be exercised without privacy at least with regard to all the Fundamental Rights of the Constitution,” Subramanium had said.
10:12 AM: Senior advocate Gopal Subramanium initiated the hearing before the bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar saying that the rights to life and liberty are pre-existing natural rights.
10:09 AM: The nine-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court had begun hearing arguments on July 19 to determine whether the right to privacy is a fundamental right under the Constitution.
10:06 AM: WATCH- Is Right to Privacy a Fundamental Right?
10:03 AM: The top court said there was a need to “maintain the core of privacy” as the notion of privacy was fast becoming irrelevant in an all-pervading technological era.
10:00 AM: The apex court, during the hearing, favoured overarching guidelines to protect private information in public domain.
9:58 AM: They had said that right to liberty, which also included right to privacy, was a pre-existing “natural right” which the Constitution acknowledged and guaranteed to the citizens in case of infringement by the state.
9:55 AM: Meanwhile, the petitioners had contended that the right to privacy was “inalienable” and “inherent” to the most important fundamental right which is the right to liberty.
9:53 AM: WATCH- Here is all you want to know about Right to Privacy
9:51 AM: The bench had wanted to know about the tests which could be used to regulate and enforce privacy right when there could be “legitimate or illegitimate” use of data.
9:48 AM: The high-profile arguments also saw the apex court asking searching questions about the contours of right to privacy in the digital age when personal information was randomly shared with all types of government and private entities.
9:45 AM: The Centre had termed privacy as a “vague and amorphous” right which cannot be granted primacy to deprive poor people of their rights to life, food and shelter.
9:42 AM: WATCH- Here is all you want to know about 9-judge constitution bench
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9:38 AM: The Attorney General had also contended that right to privacy cannot fall in the bracket of fundamental rights as there were binding decisions of larger benches that it was only a common law right evolved through judicial decisions.
9:36 AM: WATCH- All about Right to Privacy
9:33 AM: During the arguments, the bench had on July 19 observed that the right to privacy cannot be an absolute right and the state may have some power to put reasonable restrictions.
9:30 AM: While reserving the verdict on August 2, the bench had voiced concern over the possible misuse of personal information in the public domain and said that protection of the concept of privacy in the all-pervading technological era was a “losing battle”.
9:28 AM: While the Kharak Singh judgement was delivered in 1960, the M P Sharma verdict was reported in 1950.
9:25 AM: WATCH- Supreme Court is likely to deliver verdict
9:20 AM: However, the five-judge constitution bench on July 18 decided to set up a nine-judge bench to decide whether the right to privacy can be declared a fundamental right under the Constitution.
9:18 AM: The decision to set up the nine-judge bench was taken to examine the correctness of two apex court judgements delivered in the cases of Kharak Singh and M P Sharma, decided by six and eight judge benches respectively, in which it was held that this right was not a fundamental right.
9:15 AM: Initially, on July 7, a three-judge bench had said that all issues arising out of Aadhaar should finally be decided by a larger bench and the Chief Justice of India would take a call on the need for setting up a constitution bench.
9:13 AM: The matter was then mentioned before CJI Khehar who set up a five-judge constitution bench to hear the matter.
9:10 AM: The contentious issue had emerged when the apex court was dealing with a batch of petitions challenging the Centre’s move to make Aadhaar mandatory for availing the benefits of various social welfare schemes.
9:05 AM: WATCH- All you want to know about Right to Privacy verdict which is likely to be announced today
9:02 AM: The high-voltage hearing saw a battery of senior lawyers, including Attorney General K K Venugopal, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, Arvind Datar, Kapil Sibal, Gopal Subaramaniam, Shyam Divan, Anand Grover, C A Sundaram and Rakesh Dwivedi, advancing arguments either in favour or against the inclusion of right to privacy as a fundamental right.
8:58 AM: WATCH- The debate over Right to Privacy
8:55 AM: The Supreme Court is likely to pronounce tomorrow its judgement on the vexatious issue whether the right to privacy can be held as a fundamental right under the Constitution.
8:53 AM: A nine-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar had on August 2 reserved its verdict.
8:50 AM: It came after hearing marathon arguments for six days over a period of three weeks, during which submissions were advanced in favour and against the inclusion of the right to privacy as a fundamental right.
8:45 AM: Besides CJI Khehar, the other judges of the nine-judge bench are Justices J Chelameswar, S A Bobde, R K Agrawal, R F Nariman, A M Sapre, D Y Chandrachud, S K Kaul and S Abdul Nazeer.