New Dehli: The Indian Supreme Court, said that section 144 cannot be used to suppress dissent while ruling in a case related to sanctions in occupied Kashmir.
The Indian Supreme Court on August 5 last year ruled on the petition filed by Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and executive editor of Kashmir Times Anuradha Bhasin against the Indian government against the implementation of curfew and imposed sanctions in occupied Kashmir.
SC upholds right to internet access as fundamental right. State cannot use arbitrary powers to curtail peoples freedom. Extremely significant. But no immediate relief. plus, there's been an inordinate delay… https://t.co/ZGZd3PkRtm
— Anuradha Bhasin (@AnuradhaBhasin_) January 10, 2020
A three-member bench comprising Justices NV Ramana Reddy, Ramayyagari Subhash Reddy, and Justice BR Gavai on November 27 reserved the verdict.
The Indian Supreme Court in its ruling said that there is no doubt that freedom of expression is important in the democratic system. Access to the Internet is a fundamental right of freedom of expression, Section 144 cannot be used to suppress dissent.
There will be judicial scrutiny of the orders to restrict or suspend the internet. Appeals were filed by Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and executive editor of Kashmir Times Anuradha Bhasin regarding the sanctions in occupied Kashmir in the Indian Supreme Court.