NEW DELHI: Observing that restrictions on internet services in J&K is contrary to the fundamental right of freedom of speech, the Supreme Court on Friday ordered the administration to review all orders imposing curbs in the region, including the suspension of internet services.
While delivering the verdict, the apex court cited clause (1) and (2) of Article 19 in the Constitution of India.
"Freedom of expression and carrying on trade through the internet is protected under Article 19(1) of the constitution and can be restricted only under the reasons given in Article 19(2) of the Constitution," the SC said in its judgment.
Here is a look at what Article 19 says —
Right to Freedom (Protection of certain rights regarding freedom of speech, etc)
(1) All citizens shall have the right
(a) to freedom of speech and expression;
(b) to assemble peaceably and without arms;
(c) to form associations or unions;
(d) to move freely throughout the territory of India;
(e) to reside and settle in any part of the territory of India; and
(f) omitted
(g) to practise any profession, or to carry on any occupation, trade or business
The clause (2) states that "Nothing in sub-clause (a) oRead More – Source