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SFLC.in assists in challenging the Haryana shutdown order
A Writ petition was filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court earlier on 01-02-2021 against the shutdown imposed by the Haryana Government since 27th January 2021. The matter was listed on 9-02.2021 in front of the Chief Justice's Bench.
It had started with internet being suspended in Jhajjhar, Sonipat and Palwal districts in Haryana on 27th January 2021. The internet was said to be shut till 5PM on 27th January originally but later the order was extended till 5PM on 28th January 2021. This was extended to many other districts, the total number being 17. The shutdown was completely lifted only after a period of more than 10 days on 6th February 2021 from all districts in Haryana.
Aggrieved by this, a petitioner moved to court as he was unable to work without internet or get medical services. The matter was heard on 9-02-2021. The matter was withdrawn as it was the opinion of the bench that it had become infructuous. Lawyers from SFLC.in. Prasanth Sugathan, Radhika Jhalani and Kushagra Sinha as well as Mishi Choudhary appeared for the petitioner.
A copy of the writ petition can be found at https://sflc.in/sflcin-assists-challenging-haryana-shutdown-order