Nine-Judge SC Bench To Examine Whether Right To Privacy Is A Fundamental Right
New Delhi: Faced with numerous petitions claiming that Aadhaar violates the Right to Privacy, a Supreme Court five-judge bench led by Chief Justice JS KheharA�on TuesdayA�referred the issue to the nine-judge bench to rule if the Indian Constitution talks of a Fundamental Right to Privacy.
The issue has become contentious as Right to Privacy has been pitched as a fundamental right by petitioners. The case has been referred to the nine-judge bench for an authoritative ruling over the issue.
Earlier, in 1950, an eight-judge bench pronouncing its verdict held that there is no Fundamental Right to Privacy. In this context, the CJI-led bench decided to get the issue examined by a larger nine-judge bench.
According to reports, the CJI maintained that Right to Privacy is a very important issue and it is crucial to decide if there is a Fundamental Right to Privacy.
The hearing in the matter will commenceA�on Wednesday.
The petitioners, in their pleas, contended that collection of iris scan and fingerprints by the State violate the citizens Right to Privacy.
If the nine-judge bench rules that right to privacy is a fundamental right, then all matters relating Aadhaar will go back to the original three-judge bench.