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SC Orders J&K to Review Internet Suspension Within a Week


SC orders Jammu and Kashmir administration to review within one week all restrictive orders including the suspending of internet after the end of special status in August.All orders are also asked to be also put in the public domain which can then be challenged in a court of law.

On the petition filed against the restrictions imposed under Article 370. The SC while giving its verdict said, “Our task was to strike a balance between independence and security concerns.” So there is no basis for decision of the government to present reason for an order. We have to understand the difference between the use of Internet and its role in spreading information. Court will not interfere in Kashmir politics. It is the duty of court to give citizens all security and rights. Court said that the central government’s orders regarding the ban in Jammu and Kashmir will be reviewed in next 7 days.

The court said,”Our limited concern is to find a balance regarding security and liberty of people. We only here to ensure citizens are provided their rights. We will not delve into the political intent behind the orders given.”

SC accepted that the exchange of information through Internet comes under the freedom of expression under Article 19. There should be reasonable reasons for ban on the Internet. Court said about Section 144, it cannot be used to suppress diversity of views. Court said, government’s refusal to present the ban order in court is not right. The SC has ordered the resumption of e-banking and business services in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to deliver on Friday its verdict on a batch of pleas including that of Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad challenging the restrictions imposed in the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir following the abrogation of provisions of Article 370. A bench of Justice NV Ramana, Justice R Subhash Reddy and Justice BR Gavai had reserved the judgement on 27 November last year.