Supreme Court asked the government to answer on shutting down the Internet


The Supreme Court has asked the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) to respond to the unilateral shutdown of internet in various states of the country. During the hearing on a PIL filed in this regard, the court asked the ministry to explain its reason. About two years ago, the Supreme Court had said in a decision that it is illegal to stop internet services without giving any clear reason.

Some state governments routinely shut down the Internet in areas where exams are being held. The reason for this is to prevent cheating in the examinations. A bench of Chief Justice UU Lalit, Justices S. Ravindra Bhatt and PS Narasimha on a PIL filed by the Software Freedom Law Center ministry has been asked to answer. in petition Blame It has been imposed that internet services are stopped in states like Arunachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan and West Bengal. The court has asked the central government whether there is any protocol to deal with this problem. The court says that it is issuing notice to the ministry instead of the states which have stopped internet services in this matter.

Internet is blocked in some states to prevent cheating in examinations. Advocate Vrinda Grover told the court that petitions had been filed in the High Courts of Rajasthan and West Bengal regarding this. The PIL filed in the Supreme Court informs about the recent community tension in Rajasthan and shutdown of internet during competitive exams in various states.

The petition asks whether the internet can be shut down for these reasons. Along with this, it has been told that a committee of Parliament had suggested not to take such measures to prevent fraud. The bench said that the courts may be asked to follow the precedent set in Anuradha Bhasin’s case. In this case, the Supreme Court had ordered that the rules of necessity and proportion should be met to shut down the internet. It is illegal to stop internet services without giving any clear reason.

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