India’s Supreme Court says Kashmir internet shutdown unconstitutional

Kashmiri journalists display placards during a protest against the communication blackout in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, on Oct. 3, 2019. (AP)

India’s Supreme Court said on Friday that shutting down the internet in the disputed region of Kashmir was unconstitutional in a rebuke for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.

The government imposed a communications lockdown in August after it withdrew the Muslim majority region’s autonomy, aiming to control unrest.

An indefinite suspension of the internet is a violation of the country’s telecoms rules, the court said, ordering authorities in Kashmir to review all curbs in a week’s time.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:01 - GMT 07:01