Pleas filed with SC to keep unregistered SIMs active after May 31 by

Pleas filed with SC to keep unregistered SIMs active after May 31 by

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A petition has been filed with the Supreme Court seeking its directives to stay the government’s decision to block all the unregistered SIMs after May 31.Supreme Court lawyer Anik R Haque filed the petition on Monday.
The petition is likely to come up for hearing at the Chamber Judge of the Appellate Division on Tuesday.
Talking to reporters, Barrister Anik said although the High Court declared the ongoing SIM/RUIM registration through the biometric process valid, it is yet to release its full verdict.
“We would have moved the Appellate Division after receiving the full text of the judgment but the government declared that all the unregistered SIMs would be cut off from May 31 if the re-registration under the biometric method is not completed by this time,” Anik R Haque said.
On April 13, the High Court cleared the path for continuing the SIM/RUIM registration through the ongoing biometric process terming it legal after disposing of a writ filed challenging the legality of the SIM/RUIM registration through the biometric process.
The HC also asked the mobile operators to strictly follow the directions of the Bangladesh Telecommunication and Regulatory Commission (BTRC) in the SIM registration process.
Besides, the HC ordered the use of strong passwords for the safe preservation of fingerprints taken in this purpose, he said. With the High Court order, there is no legal bar to the continuation of the SIM/RUIM registration through the biometric process.
On March 9, lawyer SM Enamul Haque filed the writ petition with the High Court challenging the legality of the SIM/RUIM registration through the biometric process.
The writ petition was filed on apprehension that one’s privacy and neutrality will be violated in the biometric system.
The SIM/RUIM registration through the biometric system formally began on December 16 last and it is scheduled to end on Tuesday.

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