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The government has informed the top court that the committee set up by them on the directions of the court has decided to keep a ban on the high speed internet for another two months.

This development has come amid the growing demands of doctors and students here for the restoration of 4G internet services as there is no possibility of opening of educational institutions in near future due to pandemic.

The top court Home ministry also said the situation in the union territory will be reviewed by other competent authorities for the next two months. If there is improvement, appropriate action would accordingly be taken.

MHA’s affidavit follows a direction given on 16 July by a Supreme Court bench, led by Justice N.V. Ramana, to answer allegations of contempt raised against it in a petition by the Foundation of Media Professionals (FMP).

The FMP petition had sought action against government officials for allegedly defying the top court’s order to form the special committee. The bench had then observed that the government should have put the committee’s decision, to not resume 4G internet services in J&K, in the public domain.

On 11 May, the top court had directed the government to constitute a three-member high-powered committee to look into the issue of restoring 4G internet services in J&K. The committee was tasked to determine the necessity of continued restriction of mobile internet speed to only 2G bandwidth there.

With the extension of two months ban on 4G services here, students are fuming with anger as they have not only lost classrooms during the lockdown of pandemic but life is at halt in Kashmir valley since August 5, last year when they decided to go for a heavy clampdown here.

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