Historic Verdict: Individual privacy is a fundamental right, rules Supreme Court

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Historic Verdict: Individual privacy is a fundamental right, rules Supreme Court

Posted on : Thursday 24th of August 2017

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New Delhi: In a historic verdict on Thursday, a nine-bench judge unanimously ruled that individual privacy is a fundamental right, overruling it's own 55-year-old judgements of 1962 and 1954. The top court, however, deferred its statement on Aadhaar issue for later. The court also said that the ruling will have large scale implication on national issues.

In a brief statement, Chief Justice JS Khehar said privacy was "protected as an intrinsic part of Article 21 that protects life and liberty".

A decision on Aadhaar will be taken by a separate and smaller bench of the top court. However, today's judgement can significantly weaken Centre's position on Aadhaar Cards, which collects fingerprints and iris scan. Citizens can now refuse to give their biometric authentication, said an SC advocate.

A nine-judge Supreme Court (SC) bench, lead by Chief Justice Khehar, was listening to the matter of right to privacy.

Courtesy : Zeenews

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