New Delhi: The Centre todag told Supreme Court (SC) that it would verify first the reports in which LG GC Murmu, favoured the restoration of 4G internet services in Jammu and Kashmir.
A Bench led by Justice N.V. Ramana initially asked the J&K administration and the Centre to respond on August 5. However, the law officers expressed reluctance over the date, saying, the officers may not be available on August 5, after which, the court finally scheduled the next hearing for August 7.
“Media reports show that the LG has also favoured restoration of 4G speed. I have annexed them with my rejoinder. What LG has said is in line with the statements made by J&K interlocutor Ram Madhav. While Union of India says it cannot be done now, it has also said the Union Territory can consider,” senior advocate Huzeifa Ahmadi and advocate Shadab Farasat submitted.
The hearing began with Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, for the J&K administration, straightaway asking for an adjournment.
Mr. Mehta said he had received a rejoinder from the petitioner, Forum for Media Professionals, to the affidavit and needed time to respond.
“I need time. I have to look into their entire rejoinder,” Mr. Mehta parried.
The Bench was then inclined to list the matter on August 5th. However, this was opposed by the SG, who stated that “it would be better to have it on another date, as August 5 is the date of imposition of internet curbs in Jammu and Kashmir”. Accordingly, the matter is now listed on August 7th.