Kashmir: Urgency for Restoration of Political Activity

Supreme Court of India ruling on 10 January that access to the internet is included under Art. 19 (1)(A) of the constitution, the next steps could be a direction to restore political activity as five months after repealing of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, release of detained political leaders in Kashmir is assuming importance.

On  restrictions on the internet the Court has said that “Suspension of free movement, Internet and basic freedoms cannot be an arbitrary exercise of power,” and “mere expression of dissent or disagreement against a government decision cannot be reason for Internet suspension.”  “Suspending internet should be reviewed forthwith. Such suspension can only be for a limited time period and is subject to judicial review,” the Supreme Court

Meanwhile petitions challenging detention of political leaders may also come up for review as moves indicate that the government may be considering releasing a few top leaders including the Abdullahs of the National Conference – Farooq and Omar........................

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