Aadhaar card privacy issue: When Supreme Court witnessed light moments over husbands of Elizabeth Taylor
Aadhaar issue of privacy card: A court of nine judges of the Constitution in the Supreme Court yesterday heard the contentious issue if the right to privacy was a fundamental right.
During the hearing, the apex court had witnessed moments of light.
Attorney General Tushar Mehta, who was on behalf of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), said his position was as the seventh husband of Elizabeth Taylor.
He said that his turn to speak had come after several others. When the judges asked her how she felt, Taylor’s husband had replied that he knew how to do it, but he did not know how to make it interesting.
Subsequently, Judge R F Nariman, one of the judges of the court, asked: “What about the eighth and ninth?”
But referring to those who still had to go to the bench. Everyone in the courtroom laughed.
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The High Court had said that there had to be “general” guidelines to protect private information from an individual in the public domain to ensure that it was used only for one purpose.
The Supreme Court rejected a request from a Gujarat government lawyer that misuse of personal information could be dealt with “on a case-by-case basis” and said that a general guide was necessary given the size of the population, according to the PTI report.
Mehta noted that several countries had protected privacy through statutes without making it a fundamental right.
The Nariman trial said: “We are told that our neighbor, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, recognizes privacy as a fundamental right.”
Mehta, however, said he had heard a story even though he could not attest for its authenticity.