Supreme Court Declares Right to Privacy as Fundamental Right

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The Supreme Court of India pronounced that individual privacy is a fundamental right protected by the Constitution. A nine-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar ruled that the right to privacy is intrinsic to life and liberty, thus coming under Article 21, and comes under the various fundamental freedoms in PART III of the Indian Constitution.

All the nine judges arrive at the same conclusion, though through different but concurring judgments, that right to privacy is intrinsic to right to life and liberty. With this now India has total seven fundamental rights.

All seven fundamental rights

  • Right to equality.
  • Right to freedom.
  • Right against exploitation.
  • Right to freedom of religion.
  • Cultural and Educational rights.
  • Right to constitutional remedies.
  • Right to Privacy.

Deepak Misra will be the new Chief Justice of India. Supreme Court of India came into existence on 26th January 1950.

Article 21

Protection of life and personal liberty No person shall be deprived of his life or personal liberty except according to procedure established by law.
the Apex Court itself provided the list of some of the rights covered under Article 21 on the basis of earlier pronouncements and some of them are listed below

  • The right to go abroad.
  • The right to privacy.
  • The right against solitary confinement.
  • The right against hand cuffing.
  • The right against delayed execution.
  • The right to shelter.
  • The right against custodial death.
  • The right against public hanging.
  • Doctors assistance
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