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first_imgNews UpdatesInternet Speed Restrictions In Jammu And Kashmir Extended Till June 17 Radhika Roy27 May 2020 8:12 PMShare This – xLack of 4G speed hasn’t affected online education, COVID19 control measures and E- business, said the order.The Home Department of the Government of Jammu and Kashmir has passed another Order, extending the restrictions on internet speed in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir till June 17, 2020. The Order comes after the Supreme Court had directed for the constitution of a “Special Committee” on 11th May, headed by the Secretary of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, to examine the issues that…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Home Department of the Government of Jammu and Kashmir has passed another Order, extending the restrictions on internet speed in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir till June 17, 2020. The Order comes after the Supreme Court had directed for the constitution of a “Special Committee” on 11th May, headed by the Secretary of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, to examine the issues that had been raised by the Petitioners in a plea which sought for restoration of 4G speed internet services in Jammu and Kashmir. The Supreme Court had stated that:”…we are of the view that since the issues involved affect the State, and the nation, the Review Committee which consists of only State level officers, may not be in a position to satisfactorily address all the issues raised.”Accordingly, a Special Committee was to be constituted, comprising of Secretaries at the State as well as the National level to “look into the prevailing circumstances and immediately determine the necessity of the continuation of the restrictions in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir”. It is pertinent to note here that the instant Order of extension of internet speed restrictions passed by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir does not mention any possible inputs of the Special Committee that was to be constituted as per directions of the Supreme Court. The Order goes on to state that during the period between 12th May, 2020 to 27th May, 2020, in a bid to prevent “likelihood of misuse of the data services by the anti-national elements for mobilizing the crowds and creating law and order situation”, mobile internet services and even mobile cellular services (voice and SMS), had to be suspended for a limited period of time in specific areas due to a rise in the number of encounters and terror incidents, specifically that of Nawakadal. The continuation of the restrictions has been justified on the lines that multiple instances of terrorist attacks, which rely upon internet connectivity, have disturbed public order in the UT. “Whereas there have also been multiple instances of terrorist attacks, including attacks on security forces – leading to even death of the SF personnel, and attempts to encourage terrorism through uploading and circulation of provocative videos and false propaganda – largely relying on internet connectivity, to disturb the public order”. The Order posits that reports suggest that “operatives/anti-national elements” communicate with their handles across the border by using Voice on Internet Protocol (VOIP) and encrypted mobile communication, thereby leading to a rise in infiltration of terrorists in the UT. It is further stated that these restrictions have not posed any hindrance to COVID-19 control measures, “including use of mobile apps, accessing online educational content or carrying out business activities, but has effectively checked the unfettered misuses of social media for incitement and for propagation and coordination of terror activities”. Therefore, on consideration of the overall security scenario and reports of law enforcement agencies which have “brought out the necessity of speed related restrictions on mobile data services to prevent misuse of internet”, the Government of J&K, has ordered for the directions/restrictions to remain in force till 17th June, 2020, unless modified earlier. Internet speed restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir to continue till June 17. Rise in infiltration, terrorist attacks etc cited as reasons. 2G speed has not affected COVID19 control measures, online education or e-business, the order issued by JK Home Secretary states. pic.twitter.com/JOcIeZeg66— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) May 27, 2020Next Storylast_img read more

first_imgTop StoriesSC Takes Suo Moto Cognizance Of Financial Difficulties Of Advocates Amid COVID-19 ; Issues Notice To BCI, State Bar Councils Radhika Roy22 July 2020 1:18 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court has taken suo moto cognizance of the financial difficulties being faced by lawyers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde was hearing a plea filed by the Bar Council of India which sought for directions to the Centre/State and UT Governments for financial assistance to lawyers, on account of losses faced due to…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court has taken suo moto cognizance of the financial difficulties being faced by lawyers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde was hearing a plea filed by the Bar Council of India which sought for directions to the Centre/State and UT Governments for financial assistance to lawyers, on account of losses faced due to decreasing litigation work in wake of the pandemic. The Bench issued notice, returnable within 2 weeks, to the Centre, Bar Council of India, State Bar Councils, each High Court’s Registrar General, and recognized High Court Bar Associations. The Bar Associations have been directed to show cause why a fund for relief cannot be set up for deserving and eligible advocates.   The suo moto cognizance for lawyer’s financial aid, will be taken up with BCI’s plea. The plea filed by the Bar Council of India highlights that the BCI itself does not have the funds to help the lawyers in need. It has therefore sought for directions to the Respondents to arrange financial assistance by way of interest free loan up to Rs. 3 lakhs each to advocates enrolled with the respective Bar Council of each State through the said Bar Council, repayable in reasonable monthly instalments at least 12 months after normal court functioning commences”. The petition, filed through Advocate SN Bhat, also seeks a direction to the Union of India and the respective State Governments to “financially support the needy advocates through respective Bar Associations by depositing the amount directly in the accounts of the said advocates after receiving the necessary details from the respective Bar Association”. The plea further avers that the prolonged closure of the courts and tribunals all over the country since March 2020 due to the lockdown has deprived the majority of the advocates their only source of income. It is highlighted that most of the advocates, especially youngsters, have no savings and are solely dependent on the working of courts for their livelihoods. “The situation of some of them is so grim that it may not be an exaggeration to say that they face virtual starvation and they require urgent and immediate financial aid and succor”, the plea states. Today, Senior Advocate Manan Kumar Mishra, Chairman of BCI, appeared before the Court. The Bench headed by the CJI dictated the Order, noting that the “unprecedented crisis demands unprecedent resolution” as the pandemic had taken a “heavy toll on the rights of the citizens, and particularly, the legal fraternity”. “The legal fraternity is restricted to income – bound by rules. Not entitled to earn income by alternative means. Closure of Courts has led to a situation which has rid them of a sizeable proportion of their income and therefore, livelihood.” The CJI further observed that it was a “dire circumstance” and that medical advice dictacted against the resumption of Courts as doing the same would jeopardise the health of judges, lawyers, and equally important, the staff of the Court. Accordingly, the Bench considered it appropriate to issue notice to all recognized Bar Associations of all High Courts to show cause why a fund for relief should not be set up for deserving and eligible advocates. The Bench also observed that it is important to determine the norms for financial aid of such institutions, and therefore, issued notice to Union of India, Bar Council of India, and all State Bar Councils, as well as the Registrar General of each High Court.   Next Storylast_img read more