LIVE: Hope Modi govt stops snooping, says Congress after SC's privacy verdict

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LIVE: Hope Modi govt stops snooping, says Congress after SC's privacy verdict

A nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court has declared privacy a fundamental right.

A couple of days after declaring instant triple talaq among Muslims as unconstitutional, the Supreme Court delivered yet another landmark verdict declaring privacy of an individual is a fundamental right protected by the Constitution.

The nine-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar, in a unanimous decision,said right to privacy comes under right to life mentioned in the Constitution.

The bench had on August 2 reserved its verdict after hearing marathon arguments for six days over a period of three weeks. Besides CJI Khehar, the other judges of the nine-judge bench are Justices J Chelameswar, S A Bobde, R K Agrawal, R F Nariman, A M Sapre, D Y Chandrachud, S K Kaul and S Abdul Nazeer.


  • Glad. As the world moves towards digitization citizens must have rights against misuse of info, says R Chandrasekhar, petitioner in the case.
  • Supreme Court holds privacy as Fundamental Right. Hope it stops Modi govt from intruding into my kitchen, wardrobe, bedroom and tapping private conversations, says Congress leader and former Union Minister Manish Tewari.
  • Welcome the SC judgment that Right to Privacy is a fundamental Right under Article 21 of the Constitution. Now onto Aadhar modification, says BJP's Subramanian Swamy.
  • Path breaking and seminal judgement of Supreme Court declares 'Privacy' as fundamental right. A great victory for liberty & freedom. SC 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, tweets Congress leader Randeep Surjewala.
  • Privacy is a fundamental right. The freedom that was won in 1947 has been enriched and enlarged. Privacy is the core of personal liberty. Article 21 has acquired a new magnificence, says former Finance Minister P Chidambaram.
  • 9 judges unanimously overruled 2 earlier judgements (Kharak Singh and MP Sharma case) of Supreme Court that Right to Privacy is not protected under Constitution.
  • Supreme Court has held that right to privacy is a fundamental right and comes under Article 21 of Constitution. Therefore, any law that restricts this fundamental right will have to be viewed under Article 21: Senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan.
  • Right to Privacy is an intrinsic part of life and personal liberty under Article 21.
  • Right to Privacy protected under Article 21 of the Constitution: Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court declares that privacy is a fundamental right.
  • Justice J Chelameswar begins reading his judgement.
  • The nine judges of the constitution bench who heard the case have assembled inside the courtroom.
  • The right to privacy judgement comes just days before the retirement of Chief Justice of India Jagdish Singh Khehar. Khehar will demit office on Sunday.
  • Apart from Aadhaar, criminalisation of homosexuality under Section 377 will also become a matter of contention following the verdict.
  • Today's verdict will have a bearing on the challenge to the validity of the Aadhaar scheme on the grounds of its being violative of the right to privacy.
  • In 1954, a six-judge bench said that privacy is not a fundamental right.
  • Privacy has been recognised as a common law right in India, but not as the fundamental right.
  • The difference between the common law right and fundamental right is that the former could be enforced by filing a civil law suit and if it is the latter, the court could enforce it like any other writ.


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