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Manipur High Court orders limited internet services under state supervision

Manipur High Court orders limited internet services under state supervision

Introduction Matrix

In the Matter of Aribam Dhananjoy Sharma v. State of Manipur Internet service restoration in the State of Manipur is the subject of public interest litigation requests.

Analysis of court decision 

The State is required to offer limited internet services to the general people in specifically designated locations under the authority of the State, according to a directive from the division bench of Justice Ahanthem Bimol Singh and Justice A. Guneshwar Sharma of the Manipur High Court. Since the outbreak of unrest in the State over the High Court’s order to include the Meitei Community in the Scheduled Tribes List, the State has banned internet use in the relevant situation.

The Court ordered a number of service providers to submit an affidavit outlining whether it would be possible to provide the public with restricted internet access while blocking social media websites and protecting the State Government’s desire to uphold law and order in the State. The Court further stated that the State authorities were instructed to provide limited internet service to the public in some designated areas under their control in order to address the difficulties experienced by the public, particularly with regard to the ongoing admission process of students in the State. This was done in order to enable the public to perform their urgent and essential services.