Right to Privacy: Petitioners invoke rights to dignity and liberty as ground

A nine-judge bench is revisiting the question of privacy 55 years after the Supreme Court decided that it is not a basic right for citizens. The Constitution bench was formed as petitions challenging govt's orders to make Aadhaar mandatory had right to privacy as one of the arguments.

  1. Summary of Petitioners' Arguments: The bench said it would be disastrous to catalogue privacy. Petitioners argued that privacy is embedded in the rights to dignity and liberty. Representing the petitioners, senior lawyer Gopal Subramanium argued that the rights to life and liberty are pre-existing natural rights. Petitioners also stressed that the right to privacy be recognised as a fundamental right and its contours be decided on a case to case basis. The court also examined the issue of privacy in digital age.
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