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Right to privacy not fundamental right: Centre to SC

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New Delhi: The Centre on Thursday told the Supreme Court (SC) since privacy was multifaceted, it could not be treated as a fundamental right.

Attorney General K K Venugopal resumed his arguments before a nine-judge bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar, stressing that it was not a fundamental right.

“There is no fundamental right to privacy and even if it is assumed as a fundamental right, it is multifaceted. Every facet can’t be ipso facto considered a fundamental right,” Venugopal told the bench.

He said “informational privacy” could not be a right to privacy and it could not ever be a fundamental right.

The Attorney General had on Wednesday told the bench the right to privacy could be a fundamental right, but could not be “absolute”.

The apex court had on July 18 set up the Constitution bench after the matter was referred to a larger bench by a five-judge bench.

The petitions had claimed the collection and sharing of biometric information, as required under the Aadhaar scheme, was a breach of the “fundamental” right to privacy.

The Centre had on July 19 submitted in the apex court that the Right to Privacy could not fall in the bracket of fundamental rights as there were binding decisions of larger benches that it was a common law right evolved through judicial pronouncements.

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