A nine-member bench of the Supreme Court
unanimously ruled on Thursday that privacy
is a fundamental right
of every citizen. Among them was Justice D Y Chandrachud, who wrote a separate judgment on behalf of himself and three other judges and overruled a past judgment by his father, Justice Y V Chandrachud, during the Emergency years of 1975 to 1977, calling it “seriously flawed”. Chandrachud junior said that “neither life nor liberty are bounties conferred by the state nor does the Constitution create these rights”. Fundamental rights were suspended during the Emergency and a five-judge Supreme Court
bench that included Chandrachud senior had backed it in the 1976 case known as “ADM Jabalpur”.