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Saturday, 6 February 2021

HC issues notice on plea against Net suspension

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 5

The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion to the Union of India and Haryana against the shutdown of internet services following the farmers’ agitation.

Taking up the plea seeking immediate restoration of the services, Justice Fateh Deep Singh fixed February 8 as the next date of hearing in the matter.

The Bench, among other things, would now adjudicate whether the suspension of mobile internet services was arbitrary and “a measure of collective punishment for crores of people so they do not exercise their right to freedom of speech and expression”.

The High Court would also decide whether the suspension of mobile internet services was violation of the fundamental right of the petitioners — Sandeep Singh and two other lawyers putting up in Haryana.

The vital questions of law had been raised by the petitioners through counsel Rajvinder Singh Bains, Navkiran Singh and Mohan S Chauhan following the Haryana Government’s decision to suspended mobile internet services in 17 districts “to prevent any disturbance of peace and public order”.

The petitioners referred to a report in The Tribune on the issue before seeking directions for restoration of internet services. The petitioners claimed that the shutdown of internet services was wrong and illegal and directly affecting the lives of the petitioners.

from The Tribune

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