Congress president Sonia Gandhi today welcomed the Supreme Court verdict of Right to Privacy which held that it is the fundamental rights of the citizens of the country under the Constitution. Reacting to the judgement of the top court she said that the verdict strikes at “unbridled encroachment and surveillance” by the state and its agencies on common man’s life, PTI said. She added that the Congress and other Opposition parties have also spoken for the right to privacy against “arrogant” attempts of BJP-led Government to curtail them.
Welcoming the apex court judgement, her son and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi called it a huge blow to “Fascist forces” and a rejection of the BJP’s ideology of “suppression through surveillance”, the agency added. Taking to Twitter, he said that the judgement was a “victory for every Indian”.
“Welcome the SC verdict upholding Right to Privacy as an intrinsic part of individual’s liberty, freedom and dignity. The SC decision marks a major blow to fascist forces,” he tweeted.
Earlier in the day, in a landmark judgement, the top court declared the right to privacy as a fundamental right under the Constitution. The bench court observed that the right was “an intrinsic part of the Right to Life and Personal Liberty under Article 21 and the entire Part III of the Constitution”, the agency added.
As soon as the top court delivered its verdict, top ministers met to discuss its implications, especially on the use of Aadhaar. Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Nripendra Misra met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to discuss the possible outcomes.
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The verdict on issue dealt with pleas challenging government’s move to make Aadhaar compulsory for those seeking to benefit from numerous schemes related to social welfare, PTI said.