The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the Centre seeking its response on the protocol about internet shutdowns during public examinations, reported Bar and Bench.
The direction was given by a bench of Chief Justice of India UU Lalit, Justices S Ravindra Bhat and PS Narasimha on a petition filed by Software Freedom Law Centre non-governmental organisation challenging arbitrary internet shutdowns to prevent cheating during public examinations.
The petition states that the governments of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Rajasthan have been imposing internet shutdowns on the pretext of “imaginary, fanciful or fictitious law and order problems” arising from the examinations. “Such administrative decisions are manifestly arbitrary and wholly disproportionate response, and are impermissible under the Constitution,” the petition stated.
Internet was shut down in Assam on August 21 and August 28 to prevent candidates from cheating in government exams. In September last year, Rajasthan snapped the interned during the test to recruit teachers for Classes 1-8.
On Friday, Justice Bhat that violations such as “arbitrary internet shutdowns” can be dealt with when they happen as the government is bound to issue such orders from time to time, Live Law reported. He also asked the petitioner why it did not seek relief from one of the High Courts since similar pleas were filed in Delhi and…