Aadhaar and the right to privacy
The right to privacy requires a careful debate on how to secure it
Last week, attorney general Mukul Rohatgi set the cat among the pigeons when he told the Supreme Court that there was no fundamental right to privacy under the Constitution. The first law officer cited a 1954 case (M.P. Sharma vs Satish Chandra) in which an eight-judge bench held there was no such right. Rohatgi was arguing for the government on a challenge to Aadhaar, the unique identification number project.