The Supreme Court today ruled that the Internet is part of Article 19; fundamental right to free speech. In a petition moved by ex Bigg Boss 13 celebrity contestant Tehseen Poonawalla amongst the other petitioners challenging the Internet shutdown in Jammu and Kashmir. This, after the August 5th announcement of abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir. The Supreme Court ruled that the Internet cannot be arbitrarily shut down by the government. Tehseen Poonawala an ex Bigg Boss Contestant was the first to move to the Supreme Court on August 12th against the shutdown of the Internet in Jammu and Kashmir.
Tehseen’s petition argued that the right to free speech included the right to internet the right to internet also included the right to life because a lot of people dependent upon doing business upon the Internet, and without internet, how would they generate OTPs and also most insurance and health schemes were connected to the internet as well as exam free structures. Payments were to be made via the internet and the internet cannot be arbitrary shut down in a country this way. ALSO READ: Bigg Boss 13's Tehseen Poonawalla Finds Citizenship Amendment Bill Illegal; To Burn A Copy At Jantar Mantar Today
Dear hon @PMOIndia and @HMOIndia , the hon SC has just ruled in my petiton amongst others Right to Internet is a Fundamental right . Now I will challange every restriction of yours .— Tehseen Poonawalla Official (@tehseenp) January 10, 2020
Cc @OfficeOfRSP @narendramodi @AmitShah #Kashmirlockdown
The Supreme Court while agreeing with his petition has asked the government to produce all orders within seven days on why the internet shut down. How long will the internet be shut down, asked the government to review all internet shut down and to immediately start essential sites? ALSO READ: Bigg Boss 13 Ex-Contestant Tehseen Poonawalla:’ I Was Not Cut Out For The Show, My Battles Are For The Soul Of India’- EXCLUSIVE
This is a massive, massive victory for the Ex-Bigg Boss contestant Tehseen Poonawala and it's a fundamental victory for the people of India who are today celebrating the internet becoming a fundamental right to free speech. ALSO READ: JNU Violence: Bigg Boss Contestant Tehseen Poonawalla Arrives With Help; Attacked By ‘GO BACK’ Chants- VIDEO
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