Supreme Court concludes the Right to Privacy Case after a six days hearing

Team SoOLEGAL 3 Aug 2017 10:39am

Supreme Court concludes the Right to Privacy Case after a six days hearing

A seat of nine judges headed by Chief Justice of India, J S Khekar concluded hearing arguments in favor and against the Privacy being as a Fundamental Right. The decision is still clinging to its edge by reserving it as to whether Privacy can be considered a Fundamental right.

According to legal experts associated with this case, the conclusion of the case was supposed to be delivered at the last week of the month. Chief Justice J S Khekar retires on 28th of this month submitted his judgment today, after hearing six days long arguments on the case, started from July 19, in the context of two earlier judgments on the issue in 1954 and 1962, which founded privacy as a non Fundamental Right.

From the corner of petitioners, the bench heard Senior Counsel, Gopal Subramaniam, Arvind Divan, Shyam Divan, Sajan Poovayya, Meenakshi Arora, Soli J Sobarjee, Anand Grover, Kapil Sibal representing Karnatka and J S Attari representing Himachal Pradesh.

From the Corner of Respondents, the court heard Attorney General K K Venugopal, C A Sundaram, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, Rakesh Dwivedi representing Gujrat, Gopal Sankarnarayanan from Centre for Civil Rights and Arghya Sengupta Representing Haryana and TRAI      

A seat of nine judges was set up because of a group of petitioners challenged the legal authorization of the Aadhaar Scheme, with various candidates charging that the biometric authentication system disrespected the privacy of the citizens.

The arguments progressed revolved around adjusting the requirement of Privacy against Social and economic justice, that privacy is considerably a central concept of moral values and only miscreants request for the Right of privacy.

On Wednesday, Arghya Sengupta of Vidhi Center for Legal Policy, on behalf of State of Haryana and Telecom Regulator TRAI, suggested that current Privacy laws precisely protected the privacy on a case-to-case basis and that establishment of new laws on the subject is not required.

Senior Advocates representing petitioners in the association of Gopal Subramanian, Shyam Divan and Arvind Datar, again strongly argued by stating that Right to Privacy is the core of liberty and sovereignty.

Tagged: Justice J S Khekar   Supreme Court   K K Venugopal   nine judges  
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