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Four non-BJP ruled states move Supreme Court in favour of Right to Privacy

The states include Karnataka, West Bengal, Punjab and Puducherry.? Photograph: (Reuters)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 26, 2017, 12.02 PM (IST)

Four states, all non-BJP ruled, moved the Supreme Court on Wednesday seeking to intervene in the hearing on whether the Right to Privacy can be declared as one of the Fundamental Rights under the Indian Constitution. 

The states include Karnataka, West Bengal, Punjab and Puducherry. 

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal is representing the four states. He initiated his arguments before a nine-judge Constitutional bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar and said that the court needs to take a fresh look on the Right to Privacy in the light of technological advancements. 

"Privacy cannot be an absolute right. But it is a Fundamental Right. This court needs to strike a balance," he submitted before the bench, PTI reported. 

The top court had set up a Constitution bench on July 18 after the issue was referred to a larger bench by a five-judge bench. 

The petitioners have claimed that the collection and sharing of biometric information under the Aadhaar scheme is a breach of the "fundamental" right to privacy.

The Central government on July 19 submitted a report before the Supreme Court saying that Right to Privacy is a common law right and not a Fundamental Right.

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