Central government defends internet shutdowns; tells Supreme Court regulating free speech in certain situations permissible

The Ministry of Communications stated on affidavit that the Indian Telegraph Act read with the Temporary Suspension of Telecom Rules, 2017, allow internet bans on grounds of public safety and/or emergency.
Supreme Court
Supreme Court

Restricting free speech in certain situations is a constitutionally permissible form of regulation, the Central government told the Supreme Court while defending internet shutdowns [Software Freedom Law Centre India vs Arunachal Pradesh and ors].

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