Supreme Court's judgement on privacy protects Aadhaar: Arun Jaitley

Supreme Court's judgement on privacy protects Aadhaar: Arun Jaitley

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Washington: The recent Supreme Court order on the right to privacy lays down the correct exemptions which protects Aadhaar, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said.

Jaitley, who is in the US to attend the annual meetings of the IMF and the World Bank, was responding to a question at the prestigious Columbia University on how the government is planning to handle Aadhaar after the recent Supreme Court decision on the right to privacy.

In its judgment in August, a nine-judge bench decreed that that right to privacy is part of the fundamental rights to life and liberty enshrined in the Constitution. The judgment by many has been interpreted as a setback to the Aadhaar card, under which the government collects vital personal information of the citizens.

"I do believe that the Supreme Court judgment on the privacy matter in accordance with the current timing is a correct judgment. It lays down the correct exceptions which protects Aadhaar," Jaitley told students. "Article 21 reads that no person can be deprived of his right to life and liberty without procedures established by the law. That procedure has to be fair and just," he said.

Jaitley said that some of the judges also went into what would be the exceptions to the law of privacy. "The first exception they say is national security. The second exception they say is detection and prevention of crime. And the third exception jud...

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