The Centre and Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) administration has told the Supreme Court (SC) that a special committee has been set up as per the SC’s May 11, 2020, order on the 4G internet services restoration issues.

The attorney general, while claiming that incidents of terrorism are on the rise there, told a bench, that no contempt is made out against the authorities as they have complied with the directives of the apex court.

The SC had ordered setting up of a special committee headed by the Union Home Secretary to consider pleas for restoration of 4G internet services in the UT.

During the hearing on July 16, 2020, the bench asked the Centre and the J&K administration to file affidavits detailing the setting up of committee and decisions taken by it in reviewing the orders restricting 4G internet services there. To this end, the bench has given within a weeks’ time to the centre and J&K administration.

The SC was hearing a plea seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against the Union Home Secretary and Chief Secretary of J&K for their alleged “wilful disobedience” in complying with the court’s May 11, 2020,order.The plea claimed that the order has not been complied with and the authorities were not responding to the representations filed against the suspension of 4G internet services.

High speed internet in J&K has been suspended since August 2019.