The Supreme Court has asked the Jammu and Kashmir administration to review all orders imposing curbs in the region in a week and put them in public domain. The court also instructed the administration to restore Internet services in all institutions providing essential services like hospitals, educational centres.
A bench of Justices N V Ramana, R Subhash Reddy and B R Gavai was hearing a batch of petitions, including those by Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and Kashmir Times Executive Editor Anuradha Bhasin, challenging the restrictions imposed in the region.
Justice NV Ramana said any order that has been passed to restrict or suspend internet services will be subject to judicial scrutiny. The bench said disagreement does not justify destabilization and the power under Section 144 of CrPC cannot be used as a curb on the legitimate expression of democratic rights.