Author: Press Trust of India / Source: NDTV.com
The crucial matter has been listed before a second constitution bench during the summer vacation. A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar is already hearing the triple talaq matter.
The WhatsApp matter would be heard by a bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra, AK Sikri, Amitava Roy, AM Khanwilkar and MM Shantanagoudar.
The Centre on April 27 had told the bench that a “regulatory regime” for data protection was in the offing as an individual’s freedom of choice needs to be protected. The government’s submission had come after the constitution bench had asked it to clarify its stand on the issue.
Senior advocate Harish Salve, who was appearing for petitioners Karmanya Singh Sareen and Shreya Sethi, had placed before the bench the questions of law which were required to be dealt with in the matter.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, representing WhatsApp, had countered the submissions saying they were protecting privacy of users as they have an end-to-end encryption technology which cannot be looked at by a third person.
Senior counsel KK Venugopal, representing Facebook, had also filed an application raising the preliminary issues on the maintainability of the plea.
During the hearing, Mr Salve had read out…
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