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Supreme Court's decision on right to privacy

A nine-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court on Thursday may decide whether Indians have a fundamental right to privacy, after a five-judge bench hearing a clutch of petitions challenging the Aadhaar Act referred the matter to a larger bench.

The bench, headed by Chief Justice of India J S Khehar, comprises of Justices J Chelameswar, S A Bobde, R K Agrawal, R F Nariman, A M Sapre, D Y Chandrachud, S K Kaul and S Abdul Nazeer. The bench had reserved its verdict on the matter on August 2, after a marathon hearing spread over six days.

The question of whether the right to privacy is a fundamental right guaranteed under the Constitution was first raised in the apex court before a three-judge bench. A batch of petitioners had challenged the Centre's move to make Aadhaar mandatory to benefit from social and welfare schemes. The three-judge bench had referred the case to a larger bench on July 7, which was set up by the CJI. The five-judge Constitution bench had on July 18 decided to refer the matter to a nine-judge bench.

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