SC deadline on J&K Net review
The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir administration to inform it within a week about the steps taken to implement its May 11 order directing the constitution of a committee to review the possibility of restoring 4G Internet services.
A bench headed by Justice N.V. Ramana, which was dealing with a contempt petition filed by the NGO Foundation for Media Professionals, said the Centre and the Union Territory administration would have to reply through an affidavit, which means misinformation would invite perjury charges.
Attorney-general K.K. Venugopal, representing the Centre, told the court that a special committee had been constituted to review the restoration of high-speed Internet services in Jammu and Kashmir but the government would not be able to furnish the details. The court replied that the details should ideally have been put in the public domain.
Asking the AG why the details had not been made public, Justice Ramana observed: “If the order is complied with, please put it in the public domain.” “We have constituted a committee, the committee has taken a decision; there is no contempt,” Venugopal told the bench, also having Justices R. Subhash Reddy and Bhushan Gavai.