SC order on Internet is setback to those who favoured retaining Art 370: BJP

SC order on Internet is setback to those who favoured retaining Art 370: BJP

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New Delhi, Jan 10: Close on the heels of Congress attack on 'thick skinned BJP' after the Supreme Court order seeking review of government decision on suspending internet service in Jammu and Kashmir, the ruling saffron party on Friday said the apex court verdict is "actually a setback" to those who favoured Article 370.

"The Supreme Court's verdict is actually a setback to those who have opposed the revocation of Article 370," BJP spokesperson and MP G V L Narasimha Rao said here and also maintained that the centre has been already taking steps for relaxing restrictions on internet services in J&K.

Some of the relaxation could have happened in due course, he said. The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Jammu and Kashmir administration to review forthwith all orders suspending internet service.

"Use of internet enjoys constitutional protection as a tool for freedom of speech and expression and to carry on profession," ruled the bench, headed by Justice N V Ramana.

Congress spokesman Jaiveer Shergill in a tweet had said: "Important theoretical observations by SC qua Internet shutdown in Kashmir after 5 months-Need of the hour is “teethy” directions to fix accountability on thick skinned BJP to deter them from imposing restrictions with click of a finger and who will compensate for $1billion trade loss?".

Retired Brigadier Anil Gupta, also a BJP leader, said, "We are a victim of Internet Jehad...Only a few days in a border village (in Kashmir) we have found a case of honey trapping by ISI. There have been cases of terrorists misusing the communication".

However, he said his party is never in favour of banning internet totally. "But there are advantages and disadvantages and the review committee will go into these and wherever required, it will be lifted....and as it is being done in phases".

The top court also said that indefinite suspension of internet is impermissible, but only temporary restrictions can be done provided it subscribes to mandate of Article 19 of the Constitution. (UNI)