Supreme Court is likely to pronounce its judgment today on whether the right to privacy can be held as a fundamental right under the Constitution. A nine-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar had reserved its verdict on the 2nd of this month after hearing marathon arguments. During the hearing, submissions were advanced in favour and against the inclusion of the right to privacy as a fundamental right.
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.
During the arguments, the bench had earlier observed that the right to privacy cannot be an absolute right and the state may have some power to put reasonable restrictions.
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.