India’s top court ruled on Friday that the indefinite shutdown of the internet in Kashmir was unwarranted and demonstrated “abuse of power” by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government.
India cut internet access in Kashmir in August last year after revoking the Muslim majority region’s autonomy and statehood. The prolonged shutdown, which the government argues has been enforced as a security measure, is the longest in any democracy.
In his ruling, Supreme Court said indefinite suspension of internet violates India’s telecommunications rules. Justice N. V. Ramana also ordered local authorities in Kashmir to review all the curbs within a week.
The court also ruled that the government should disclose all internet shutdown orders and do so in writing so that aggrieved people have a chance