Court orders the review of all the restrictions on the J&K internet shutdown on a bunch of petitions filed following the communication blackout in the state.

After months of J&K internet shutdown, the Supreme court on Friday 10th January ordered the administration to review the restrictions as the right to the internet is part of the freedom of speech. The centre justified the shutdown claiming not a single life has been lost. The court said that taking away the right to free use of the internet and movement cannot be an arbitrary exercise and that mere expression of disagreement against a government cannot be a reason to shut down the internet.

The three-judge bench which included Justice NV Ramanna, Justice R Subhash Reddy and Justice BR Gavai also said that the freedom of the internet is part of Article 19 and the restriction should follow the principles of Article 19(2). The act of using Section 14, a colonial-era rule to restrict crowd gathering was also criticised by the court saying it cannot be used as a tool to oppress the people. All the orders imposing the restrictions must be published for the public to see. However, this has come as a relief to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

 

 

Twitterati shares their reaction on the court’s judgement on the J&K internet shutdown:

Also Read: People protest after a 19-year-old Dalit girl was brutally gang-raped and hanged in Gujarat