Published On: Fri, Feb 12th, 2016

Govt can ban net for law and order: SC

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday said that Internet services can be banned by government in an emergency situation to maintain law and order, and such a ban did not violate fundamental rights.

“It becomes very necessary sometimes to ban internet for law and order,” Chief Justice Thakur remarked while rejecting the appeal.

“It becomes very necessary sometimes to ban internet for law and order,” Chief Justice Thakur remarked while rejecting the appeal.

A bench of Chief Justice T S Thakur and R Banumathi said said that internet services could be banned by government authorities to maintain law and order situation and dismissed a plea challenging Gujarat government decision to block mobile internet services during Patidar reservation agitation last year.

“What is wrong with such a ban? There can be such a ban for law and order,” observed the bench.

The petitioner, a law student, Gaurav Sureshbhai Vyas, who challenged the Gujarat High Court verdict on ban on mobile Internet service under section 144 of CrPC and contended that blocking of mobile internet services violated fundamental rights.

The bench, however, was not convinced and dismissed his plea. “It becomes very necessary sometimes to ban internet for law and order, so its just and proper,” Chief Justice Thakur remarked while rejecting the appeal.

TST

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