In his maiden address to investors, hours after he began his second innings at Infosys, Mr Nilekani responding to a specific query on the Supreme Court verdict said: “I think it’s a superb decision”.
The apex court, yesterday, ruled that privacy is a fundamental right and an intrinsic part of Right to Life and Personal Liberty.
“I think, while it has upheld privacy as a fundamental right, it also acknowledges that in the interest of larger societal reasons, you may have some constraints on them,” he said.
A panel headed by Justice B N Srikrishna has been tasked to recommend a framework for data protection, he noted. “I think, basically, the court has said properly that it is a fundamental right but not an absolute right. They have also defined a set of considerations on which it can be done,” he said.
Mr Nilekani observed that actual Aadhaar matter is going to go to a smaller bench, and said he is “confident that Aadhaar will come out with flying colours because it addresses all the design principles laid down by the Supreme Court”.
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