FILE PHOTO: A television journalist sets his camera inside the premises of the Supreme Court in New Delhi February 18, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – 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.
Reporting by Sankalp Phartiyal; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani