While delivering the judgment on the restrictions in Kashmir after Article 370 revocation, the Supreme Court directed the Jammu and Kashmir administration to review all restrictive orders within a week. The court also called access to the internet a fundamental right.
A five-judge bench headed by Justice N V Ramana also asked the J&K administration to restore Internet services in institutions providing essential services like hospitals and educational places.
The verdict comes in response to a batch of pleas challenging curbs imposed in Jammu and Kashmir after the Centre's abrogation of provisions of Article 370 on 5 August 2019.
Senior lawyer Sanjay Hegde said that the SC judgment is a balanced one in proportionality. “It basically tells the government that under the garb of national security, you cannot shut down everything. The restrictions, if any, should be minimal and proportionate. They should be justifiable by objective standards. Especially, with regard to the freedom of the internet. Routine internet shut down will now become subject to challenge.”