Supreme Court: Privacy verdict may affect beef ban in Maharashtra


New Delhi: The apex court on Friday declared the judgment toward Right to Privacy a fundamental right under the Constitution, will have “some bearing” in matters related to the possession of beef in Maharashtra, after a day the Supreme Court declared the verdict toward the same.

A bench comprising Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan was informed by an advocate that Thursday’s judgment from a nine-judge Constitution bench, declaring right to privacy a fundamental right, was important for adjudication of the appeal.

“Yes, that judgement will have some bearing in these matters,” the bench said and posted the matter for hearing after two weeks.

Senior advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for some of the petitioners, referred to the privacy judgment and said the right to eat food of one’s choice is now protected under privacy. She also told the bench that Maharashtra government’s appeal challenging the high court verdict was already pending before another bench of the apex court.

In its historic verdict on privacy on Thursday, the Supreme Court had said “nobody would like to be told what to eat or how to dress” while ruling that these activities come under the realm of the right to privacy.

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