On 09 February 2021, we wrote to the Rajasthan Government expressing concerns about state government officials imposing internet shutdowns without following the procedure prescribed under the Telecom Suspension Rules and the Supreme Court judgement in Anuradha Bhasin v. Union of India. Our representation was in the backdrop of the Rajasthan Government authorizing Divisional Commissioners to order internet shutdowns which is impermissible under existing law. In our representation, we have urged the Rajasthan Government to ensure that internet shutdowns are only ordered by properly authorised officials and are periodically reviewed by the State Level Review Committee. In addition to this, internet shutdown orders must be proactively published on official government websites and also through print and electronic media.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://internetfreedom.in/rajasthan-govt-internet-shutdown-representation/