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Government speaks in two voices on issue of privacy

Government speaks in two voices on issue of privacy

While the government has batted for secrecy of live-in relationships of public figures, it has also opined before the court that right to privacy cannot be a fundamental right.

The government is speaking in two voices when it comes to the issue of privacy. The Attorney General has taken two radically different stands in two different cases.

While the government has batted for secrecy of live-in relationships of public figures, it has also opined before the court that right to privacy cannot be a fundamental right.

On Thursday, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi argued in the court that live-in relationships of public figures should not be out in the open as it is a private matter. He went on to add that publicising such relationships would amount to defamation.

But just the day before, he argued in court that right to privacy could not be a fundamental right. The Attorney general made this statement during the hearing on a public interest litigation (PIL) which claimed that Aadhar card violates privacy.


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