4G Internet

SRINAGAR — The BJP-led Central government has agreed to restore high speed (4G) Internet in selected areas of Jammu & Kashmir from August 16 with strict monitoring.

The development comes as Supreme Court was hearing the contempt plea for non-constitution of Special Committee for reviewing the ongoing ban on 4G speed Internet in Jammu and Kashmir.

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A bench led by Justice N V Ramana heard the petition, which sought contempt action against Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs & Chief Secretary, UT of J&K — alleging non-compliance of SC’s May 11 judgment that mandated constitution of the Committee.

On the last date, the Bench made it amply clear that no further adjournment shall be granted on August 11.

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Bench also told the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta not to restrict reply to the issue of contempt & seek instructions if Internet can be restored in Jammu & Kashmir — at least in certain areas.

During the hearing today, Attorney General said, “A carefully calibrated view was taken and on a trial basis, the committee has stated that high speed Internet could be restored in certain area with strict monitoring. Area should have low threshold of terrorist activities.”

One district in Jammu and one in Kashmir could get 4G Internet on trial basis after August 15, said the Attorney General. “There will be a review of situation after two months,” he said.

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He further added, “The Committee will overlook this restoration in certain areas of Jammu & Kashmir over a period of seven days.”

While concluding, the SC ordered that the aspect of contempt has been closed with no objection by petitioner in light of the staggered restoration of 4G in certain areas. Moreover, the respondents will need to file a reply on orders of review committee in public domain; and review of Internet restoration every five days.

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