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Committee Headed by MHA Secretary to Look into Ban on 4G Internet Services in Jammu & Kashmir: Supreme Court [Read Order]

Lawstreet Journal 12 May 2020 6:06pm

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The Bench of Justices NV Ramana, Subhash Reddy, and BR Gavai on May 10, 2020, directed to set up a committee headed by the Secretary to look into the ban on 4G internet service in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and issues raised by petitioners before the Supreme Court in the matter of Foundation for Media Professionals and Ors. v. Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Anr.

At the outset, the SC had made it clear that the matter before them entrusted the Court with the task to ensure the balance between national security and human rights reasonably and defensibly. 

Three petitioners - Foundation for Media Professionals, Soayib Qureshi, Private Schools Association of J & K had approached the Supreme Court to seek 4G internet connection arguing that in the existing COVID-19 lockdown, where there is a national lockdown, restrictions imposed by the respondents have affected their right to health, educations, business and freedom of speech and expression. 

The Attorney General of India had contended that the Courts should not venture into the issues to national security and decision on banning the internet should best be left to those “in charge of policymaking”. He had further argued that “the security of the nation should triumph against the fundamental rights of the citizens.”

Before passing an order, the bench looked at the steps taken by the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir post the landmark judgment of Anuradha Bhasin v. Union of India ((2020) SCC Online SC 25) amid the current law and order situation for which the… Continue Reading...

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