India’s Supreme Court says Kashmir internet shutdown unconstitutional

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

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