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SC refuses to restore 4G in J&K, asks centre-led ‘special committee’ to examine issues

The Supreme Court today directed the Central government to constitute a "special committee" headed by the Union Home Secretary to ascertain whether it's necessary to continue restrictions on the internet in Jammu & Kashmir. The committee will be headed by the Union Home Secretary, and also consists of Union Communications Secretary, and chief secretary of Jammu & Kashmir. The court directed the committee to examine the issues raised by the petitioners, as well as the government's responses. It will examine how appropriate the alternatives suggested by the petitioners are, such as limiting restrictions only to areas where it is necessary, and allowing 3G or 4G speeds on a trial basis in certain geographical areas, the court said. The committee will then advise the Union government. The 'special committee' is effectively a replacement of the Review Committee under the Telecom Suspension (or Internet…

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