Gauhati High Court Judge to restore Internet services in Assam


Gauhati High Court on Tuesday asked the Assam government to consider restoring the mobile Internet service in the state in a phased manner if there is no disruption or untoward incident.

The judicial advice was issued six days after the restrictions were imposed on December 17 in the wake of protests against the amended citizenship law.

In Kashmir, such restrictions have been in place for 134 days. The Supreme Court’s decision on the matter is pending.

On Tuesday, the BJP-ruled Assam government said the decision to suspend the service was being reviewed regularly and depending on the situation, it would be lifted completely. Broadband Internet service was restored on Tuesday but mobile Internet service continued to be suspended.

The high court observed that initially the government might consider resuming the mobile Internet service during afternoon hours after 3pm, said Moloy Kumar Sarma, a lawyer for one of the petitioners.

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