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Once you are in the process and the citizen feels my rights are affected, what is the role of the court," the bench asked. "Can a private corporate say that even if I affect or dent the fundamental rights of the citizen in absence of a regulation, the court cannot do it by issuing a writ," the bench asked Mehta, adding that till the time the regulatory regime comes into force, what kind of protection the court can grant. Responding to the query, Mehta said a private entity cannot say that a writ petition for appropriate direction would not lie. "If people at large are affected, they cannot say so," he said. The bench, however, asked "they say they are doing a business. They say they are trading in right to information, right to choice and right to knowledge. What kind of right is this?" The law officer, however, said these private entities have to adhere to the directions given by the court. On the issue of maintainablity of the plea, the Centre said the government was committed to ensure freedom of choice of the subscribers. "So far as maintainability qua Union of India is concerned, we are always amenable to the court order. Qua us, the petition is maintainable," he said.