WhatsApp case: Govt tells SC it will protect citizens’ freedom of choice
In his brief submission before a constitution bench headed by justice Dipak Misra, additional solicitor general Tushar Mehta said : “All of us have a freedom to choose. And it has to be a positive assertion.” Mehta, however, said that if the petitioners argue that the policy violated their “right to privacy”, then the court would have to refer the matter to a larger bench, which is to determine if the constitution recognises this as a fundamental right.
The court fixed May 15 to start hearing the arguments, despite opposition by the counsel representing WhatsApp and Facebook. Senior counsel Kapil Sibal asked the court to slot the matter for July, a request the bench said will be looked into on the next date.