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Court has no power to add fundamental rights: Rohatgi on Right to Privacy

He said, 'the right belongs to the Parliament, to make the law, amend the law, repeal the law'

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Former Attorney General Mukul Rohatagi
Former Attorney General Mukul Rohatagi

Former Attorney General Thursday said a has no power to engraft more fundamental rights in the Constitution as the right to make a or amend it belongs to the

Reacting to the Supreme verdict declaring a fundamental right, the senior advocate said "there is much a do about nothing" as the had already agreed with the stand taken by the petitioners and the


"The fundamental rights are engrafted in the Constitution so they have to be physically put in a book called the Constitution.

"The right belongs to the Parliament, to make the law, amend the law, repeal the The has no power to engraft more fundamental rights in the Constitution," Rohatgi, who had argued in the matter as the then Attorney General, said.

"I still maintain there is much ado about nothing for the simple reason that I do hear that has stated that they agree that privacy is a fundamental right," he said.

Rohatgi, while speaking to a TV channel, also said there are two spheres -- judiciary and -- and both cannot overlap each other.

"There is no amendment in the Constitution by a as you have two different spheres. The sphere of the judiciary and the sphere of the Both the spheres cannot overlap," he said.

First Published: Fri, August 25 2017. 02:15 IST
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