“Privacy right not absolute in developing economy like India”
That’s what attorney general KK Venugopal told the ninejudge constitutional bench of the supreme court hearing the right to privacy case. Venugopal argued on July 26 that there can be no independent right called right to privacy, and that privacy is only a sociological notion, not a legal concept. He said if privacy were declared a fundamental right, then it can be a qualified right. He said that only some aspects of privacy are fundamental, not all, and it is a limited fundamental right that can be taken away in legitimate state interest. The constitutional bench, in the words of justice Nariman, “… will decide the issue once and for all for conceptual clarity for the nation”. In an important development, three non-bjp-ruled states and a UT – Karnataka, West Bengal, Punjab, and Puducherry – decided to join the issue on the side of the petitioners and argued that there does exist a fundamental right to privacy in India.