RAJASTHAN: The Rajasthan High Court has issued notice on PIL challenging the validity of frequent “Internet Shutdown” in Udaipur orders being passed by the Divisional Commissioner of the area.
It is alleged that after the Supreme Court passed an order in Anuradha Bhasin v. Union of India, which states that internet shutdowns should be resorted to only in exceptional circumstances, at least 26 shutdown orders restricting internet access for around 506 hours in the Udaipur Division have been issued.
A division bench comprising Justice Manindra Mohan Shrivastava and Justice Madan Gopal Vyas has issued notices in the matter.
The public interest litigation has been filed by the Udaipur Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as the Hotel Association of Udaipur. It seeks a direction to the State to immediately publish all orders suspending internet services on its official websites.
Moreover, the PIL sought direction from the respondent to ensure that the Review Committee records its findings in accordance with Rule 2(6) of the Telecom Services (Public Emergency or Public Safety) Rules, 2017. It also prayed for directions to the respondent to comply with the Apex Court’s directions in Anuradha Bhasin.
The plea has been filed through advocates Vrinda Bhandari, Abhinav Sekhri, Tanmay Singh, Jaideep Singh Saluja, Krishnesh Bapat, Anandita Mishra, and Amala Dasarathi.
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