Nine-Judge SC Bench To Examine Whether Right To Privacy Is A Fundamental Right

Petitioners have contended that collection of iris scan and fingerprints by the State violate the citizensa�� Right to Privacy.

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.

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