Earlier this week the government banned 59 smartphone applications through a press release by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. This has impacted more people than ever before and has raised a concerning question to its legality and the measure’s impact on democratic norms. This time recommendations by the Ministry of Home Affairs appear to have a pivotal document. There is a need for disclosure of these recommendations as these recommendations have not been examined and debated on the floors of the parliament. The legal order itself has not been published or made publicly available but is necessary as the nature of the action of blocking impacts the right to owners of these smartphone applications, as well as the public’s fundamental right to receive information. The article has also highlighted many more such defects in this press release as these questions the legitimacy of the ban.
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