New Delhi, Aug 24, 2017: The Central government of India on Thursday welcomes the Supreme Court verdict in the right to privacy case by saying that it always thought of privacy as a fundamental right that is subject to reasonable restrictions.
Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that “The government has been of the view that privacy is a fundamental right, but it should be subject to reasonable restriction.”
The issue is being debated since even before the BJP came to power. The congress-led UPA had brought in Aadhaar without any law. What is Congress’s record of protecting individual records?” he says. “Right to Privacy not absolute. It is subject to the same conditions as other fundamental rights, he added.
The minister asserted that the “essence of the judgment is a wider affirmation of the crux of the observation made by the finance minister while moving the Aadhaar act in the house”.
Shankar added that it is “unknown in civilised existence that a government was seeking to collect data of its countrymen without the authority of law”.
While talking on the benefits of Aadhaar, Shankar claimed the government has saved Rs 57,000 crore through validation. “Aadhar validates information for 3 crore people every day. The world is marvelling at this technology. It is completely homegrown. Should be proud,” he said.
Earlier today, the Supreme Court’s nine judge bench held that the right to privacy is a fundamental right and is an intrinsic part of the right to life and liberty.