The Centre on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that the right to privacy was a fundamental right but not all its facets will be covered under it.

Attorney General KK Venugopal told a nine-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar “There is a fundamental right to privacy, but it is a wholly qualified right since the right to privacy consists of various aspects and is a sub-species of the right to liberty, every aspect of it will not qualify as a fundamental right”.

Venugopal said this as arguments commenced on Wednesday in the course of the hearing by the nine-judge bench on the question whether right to privacy is a fundamental right.

Earlier on July 21, Biju Janata Dal MP Baijayant Jay Panda said that there should be right to privacy with very narrowly defined exceptions. Panda said though the issue had come to the fore because of the Aadhaar initiative, “this issue goes far beyond Aadhaar because privacy and data protection are issues that are going on for at least a decade.”