Right To Privacy Is A Fundamental Right
Settling the decades long debate on the issue of the right to privacy being a fundamental right, the Supreme Court held that right to privacy is protected under Article 21 of the Constitution of India. In a unanimous decision, a nine -Judge Constitution Bench overruled the judgments in MP Sharma and Kharak Singh cases. The Petitions were disposed of in the following terms:
- The decision in M P Sharma that privacy is not a fundamental right stands overruled.
- The decision in Kharak Singh that privacy is not a fundamental right stands overruled.
- Right to privacy is protected as intrinsic part of right to life and liberty.
- All decisions subsequent to Kharak Singh makes the position clear and will hold the Held.