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The central government today made some interesting submissions before the 9-judge Bench of the Supreme Court hearing the Right To Privacy matter.
Appearing for the Centre, Attorney General for India KK Venugopal continued his arguments post lunch. He said that the Right to Privacy could qualify as a fundamental right. However, there was a rider attached to that submission.
Venugopal also argued that the right stems from the fundamental right to life and personal liberty.
Further, he said that not every instance of this sub-species of Article 21 would qualify as a fundamental right.
These submissions are in slight variance with the earlier stance of the Centre that the right is not a fundamental right and judgments subsequent to MP Sharma and Kharak Singh are per incuriam.
Below are excerpts from the submissions made by the Attorney General.
The hearing in the case will continue tomorrow.
Read the arguments made in the morning session here.