The bench comprising justice NV Ramana, BR Gaval and Subhash R Reddy, was hearing a contempt petition filed by Foundation of Media Professionals, seeking the immediate restoration of 4G in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir, today directed Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to take instruction on the possibility of opening of 4G internet services in some parts of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir from the centre.
The petition was filed so that court’s attention can be achieved to the willful failure of government officials in complying with the direction of the SC, despite 29 days elapsed since the judgement was delivered on May 11, 2020.
Advocate Huzefa Ahmadi, from petitioner side, submitted that during the previous hearing the SG had sought time to go through the rejoinder filed by the petitioners submitting that they have followed the court’s directions. However, they have not responded yet. The bench, however, said that it was not saying anything at the moment, since the petitioners have relied on the statement of the Governor, but now the Governor has changed. The bench also mentions that it will decide whether there is contempt or not after hearing from the centre. The court, therefore, posted the matter on August 11 and asked the Attorney General to be present on the next day of the hearing.