Srinagar: The Supreme court on Monday refused to pass a directive for immediate restoration of 4G speed internet in Jammu and Kashmir. The SC bench headed by justices NV Ramana, Subhash Reddy and BR Gavai directed the Centre to constitute a “special committee” to examine whether 4G internet can be restored in the Union Territory.
The top court had on May 4, 2020, reserved its order, after hearing the complete arguments from the respective parties, the petitioners and from the Attorney General (AG) KK Venugopal and Solicitor General (SG) Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre.
Among the petitions were that of Freedom for Media Professionals (FMP) and Private Schools Associations Jammu and Kashmir, which had challenged the present 2G internet connectivity and claimed that it was not sufficient for the Valley.
During the May 4 hearing, AG Venugopal had told the apex court that the orders that have been passed had specifically stated that restrictions of internet speed are required for national security.