New Delhi, Aug 24: A nine judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar on Thursday ruled that the right to privacy is a fundamental right.
The apex court decision overruled the previous verdicts in the M P Sharma and Kharak Singh cases, which had found that the right to privacy was not protected under the Constitution of India.
The bench observed that right to privacy is an intrinsic to freedom of life and personal liberty guaranteed under Article 21 and entire Part III of the Constitution.
Here are reactions over SC’s Right to Privacy decision :
Congress : Liberty wins in SC’s landmark judgement. Modi Govt’s attempt to dismantle #RightToPrivacy overruled.
Congress, P Chidambaram : Privacy is a fundamental right. The freedom that was won in 1947 has been enriched and enlarged. Article 21 has acquired a new magnificence.
BJP, Subramanian Swamy: Welcome the SC judgment that Right to Privacy is a fundamental Right under Article 21 of the Constitution. Now onto Aadhaar modification.
Congress spokesperson, Randeep Surjewala: Path breaking & seminal judgement of Supreme Court declares ‘Privacy’ as fundamental right. A great victory for liberty & freedom. S.C rejects Modi Govt’s attempt to whittle down the right to privacy as a fundamental right by AG’s plea of no mention in Constitution.
CPM leader Sitaram Yechury : Congratulations to all lawyers, activists, others who fought this govt’s sinister designs to deny Indians their fundamental right to privacy.”
AIPWA secretary and CPI(ML) member Kavita Krishnan : Supreme Court upholds Right to Privacy as fundamental right – Central Govt position denying this defeated. Cause for celebration as citizens.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah: I have a right to privacy & it’s a fundamental one. Yeyy.
Rajya Sabha MP and one of the petitioners, Rajeev Chandrashekar : Glad; as the world moves towards digitization citizens must have rights against misuse of info.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal : Thank you Supreme Court for this very important judgement.