The Supreme Court has directed immediate setting up of a high-powered committee, which will look into the contentions raised by various petitioners for the restoration of 4G internet in Jammu and Kashmir.

This committee will comprise of secretaries from the Centre and the Union Territory, including the Secretary of Ministry of Communication and Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir, and will be headed by the MHA Secretary.

J&K 4G internet restoration dispute has being going on for quite some time now. The lawyers representing the government in this matter have stated that restrictions of internet speed are required for national security. Meanwhile, the lawyers representing the petitioners have emphasised that the COVID-19 situation in J&K has worsened. Moreover, they have also informed the court that lack of 4G internet in UT is creating problems for the doctors as they are not able access necessary information about coronavirus treatment due to slow internet speeds.

In reference to this matter, the SC bench observed that the court has to ensure that national security and human rights are balanced.