The Chief Justice replied, we will issue notice in the matter.
A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde and comprising Justices A.S. Bopanna and V.Ramasubramanian told WhatsApp counsel: “People have grave apprehensions about loss of privacy. You may be 2 or 3 trillion-dollar company, but people value their privacy more than your money, we have to protect people’s privacy.”
Senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Arvind Datar, appearing for WhatsApp, strongly contested Divan’s argument, saying that the high court is already seized of the matter.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre, said the right to privacy is a fundamental right and they cannot compromised with the privacy of people.
After a detailed hearing in the matter, the top court issued notices to WhatsApp, Facebook and Centre in the matter and fixed for further hearing after four weeks.