SC refuses to restore 4G services in J&K, asked central govt to form a high-level committee

The Supreme Court denied the restoration of 4G services in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir and ordered Central and state administration to form a high-powered committee to decide to take decision based on district-wise threat perception.

Supreme Court says, a high powered committee to look into the contentions raised by various petitioners has to be set up immediately to look into the contentions raised by various petitioners. The committee has to be headed by the MHA Secretary.

The high-powered committee headed by Secretary MHA to include Secretary, Ministry of Communications and Chief Secretary Jammu & Kashmir.

A three-judge Bench, headed by Justice NV Ramana recognised that UT has plunged has into crises.

“We had to ensure national security and human rights to be balanced,” said the highest court.

The petition was earlier filed by an NGO in the month of April seeking restoration of 4G internet services in the UT of Jammu & Kashmir as internet services were suspended in J&K in August last year after the abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of the erstwhile state into two Union Territories of Ladakh and Jammu & Kashmir.

Meanwhile, the 2G services on postpaid mobile phones and broadband have been restored months ago, but 4G services continue to remain suspended.

-akhilesh

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