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The Financial Express

India's SC says Kashmir internet shutdown unconstitutional

Published: January 10, 2020 13:09:22 | Updated: January 11, 2020 14:57:39


Kashmiri journalists display laptops and placards during a protest demanding restoration of internet service, in Srinagar on November 12, 2019 — REUTERS/Files Kashmiri journalists display laptops and placards during a protest demanding restoration of internet service, in Srinagar on November 12, 2019 — REUTERS/Files

India’s Supreme Court said on Friday that shutting down the internet in the disputed region of Kashmir was unconstitutional in a rebuke for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.

The government imposed a communications lockdown in August after it withdrew the Muslim majority region’s autonomy, aiming to control unrest, reports Reuters.

An indefinite suspension of the internet is a violation of the country’s telecoms rules, the court said, ordering authorities in Kashmir to review all curbs in a week’s time.

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