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Right to Privacy subject to 'reasonable restrictions': Ravi Shankar Prasad

A five-judge constitutional bench is to decide whether the Aadhar violates the Right to Privacy

ANI  |  New Delhi 

Union Minister of Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad  during a press conference on Supreme Court's ruling holding privacy as a Fundamental Right, at Shastri Bhavan in New Delhi on Thursday. Photo: PTI
Union Minister of Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad during a press conference on Supreme Court's ruling holding privacy as a Fundamental Right, at Shastri Bhavan in New Delhi on Thursday. Photo: PTI

The Centre on Thursday welcomed the Supreme Court's verdict on the asserting that its a part of the Right to Liberty, but is also "subject to reasonable restrictions."
 

 

Addressing a press conference, Union Law Minister said, "The government welcomes this judgement. The government has been consistently of the view particularly which refers to The should be a fundamental right and it should be subject to the reasonable restrictions."
 


In a scathing attack on the previous Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, Prasad said that back then had no protection of law.

"The during the UPA regime had no protection of law. How could the government collect data or insist upon biometrics without any legislative sanction? We made the law and provided a legal framework for protection of its data," Prasad said.
 




The Union Law Minister further averred that the essence of judgement is a wider affirmation of the observation made by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Rajya Sabha.

"The system operates on the principle of Minimum Information, Maximum Use. The has shown its utility in a very short span of time. It is completely safe and secure," he added.

Earlier in the day, the nine-judge bench of the apex court overruled the M.P. Sharma (1962) and Kharak Singh (1954) judgement and gave the verdict that privacy was a fundamental right of a citizen.

A five-judge is to decide whether the violates the or not.

On July 26, the Centre had told the apex court that there is a fundamental right to privacy, which is a 'wholly qualified right' too, and in special circumstances, the government can interfere in a matter that comes under a wholly qualified right. An absolute right cannot be reduced or amended.

First Published: Thu, August 24 2017. 17:43 IST
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