In a landmark decision that will affect the lives of all Indians, the Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously declared that right to privacy was a fundamental right under the Constitution.
A nine-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar ruled that "right to privacy is an intrinsic part of Right to Life and Personal Liberty under Article 21 and entire Part III of the Constitution".
The ruling on the highly contentious issue was to deal with a batch of petitions challenging the Centre's move to make Aadhaar mandatory for availing the benefits of various social welfare schemes.
Others members of the bench comprising Justices J Chelameswar, SA Bobde, RK Agrawal, RF Nariman, AM Sapre, DY Chandrachud, SK Kaul and S Abdul Nazeer also shared the same view.
The nine judges unanimously overruled the two earlier judgements of the apex court that right to privacy is not protected under the Constitution.
The bench overruled the MP Sharma verdict of 1950 and that of Kharak Singh of 1960.
On 7 July, a three-judge bench had declared that issues arising out of Aadhaar should be decided by a larger bench and the CJI. Below is the chronology of the right to privacy case:
With inputs from PTI
Published Date: Aug 24, 2017 13:33 PM | Updated Date: Aug 24, 2017 13:33 PM