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Meet the men in black who fought hard for privacy

A nine-judge bench led by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar ruled on Thursday that privacy is a fundamental right, a judgment that will have a bearing on civil rights as well as Aadhaar.

india Updated: Aug 25, 2017 00:47 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
New Delhi, Hindustan Times
Right to privacy,Lawyers,Judges
Lawyers outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi.(File)

In arriving at the landmark verdict, the Supreme Court had some of the best judicial minds in the country assisting it on all aspects of laws and some more. These are some of the prominent advocates whose arguments on right to privacy being part of the Constitution resonated with the court.

Gopal Subramanium The former Solicitor General of India assisted SC as amicus curiae in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case. He acted as the Special Public Prosecutor in the prosecution of accused of the terrorist attack on the Indian Parliament in 2001. In the privacy case, the senior advocate had appeared for one of the petitioners with the argument that the right to privacy is very much a fundamental right, which is co-terminus with the liberty and dignity of the individual.

Shyam Divan A senior advocate in SC, Divan is an expert at civil litigation. He has represented citizens’ groups in environmental cases and also assisted SC as amicus curiae in the Bellary mining case relating to illegal iron ore mining in the forests of Karnataka. Divan had represented one of the petitioners in the privacy case. He argued that an individual must be allowed to determine what information of his can be allowed to be put out and this is closely tied to a person’s right to dignity.

Anand Grover A senior advocate known for legal activism on issues relating to homosexuality and HIV, he has argued landmark cases of public interest, such as LGBT rights in the Naz Foundation case and the Bhopal Gas disaster case. He had also argued for one of the petitioners in the privacy case, saying that there exists no dignity without privacy.

Arvind P Datar Datar is a prominent senior advocate in the top court. Appearing for one of the petitioners in the privacy case, he had argued that privacy is an essential part of the fundamental rights section of the Constitution. Datar argued that the right to privacy is found in Articles 14, 19, 20, 21 and 25 of the Constitution when read with the Preamble.

First Published: Aug 24, 2017 23:37 IST