“The constitution provides for the fundamental right to life and liberty. Liberty includes privacy. This bill violates individual privacy,” Yechury said.
“This is something beyond the legislative competence of the house…,” the CPI-M leader said, adding that the Supreme Court is also looking into the matter.
“The Supreme Court has constituted a five-member bench to examine the issue. Since a SC bench is seized of the matter and the court will pass a judicial verdict on it, this haste to legislate — I see it as a method of trying to subvert the judicial verdict,” Yechury said.
Kurien, however, said: “Legislative competence does not arise (here) because the bill has been passed by the Lok Sabha and we are bound to consider it.”
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who then got up to table the bill, also said that it’s government’s job to legislate.
“The Supreme Court is considering the issue and, therefore, parliament should suspend its own power of legislation… it is an unprecedented argument, particularly in a democracy which is governed by the separation of powers. The power to legislate belongs to parliament. It doesn’t belong to the court,” he said.