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SIM Card Re-registration: Delayed until May 13, 2024



SIM Card Re-registration: Delayed until May 13, 2024
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The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Bibi Rehana Mungly-Gulbul, issued a “status quo” order on Monday, April 15, 2024 regarding the challenge to the re-registration of SIM cards.

The status quo will remain in effect until May 13, 2024, the date set for a hearing on the matter.

This was in response to a constitutional complaint filed by lawyer Pazhany Rangsamy challenging the constitutionality of the new regulations requiring SIM card holders to re-register their cards.

On Monday, April 15, 2024, the State, the Information and Communication Technologies Authority (ICTA), the Data Protection Commissioner, and Mauritius Telecom (MT) all filed their respective defenses.

Following the decision, lawyer Pazhany Rangasamy and his attorney, Me Sanjeev Teeluckdharry, explained that the Supreme Court’s decision to maintain the status quo operates as a freeze on the application of the regulations until the May 13, 2024 hearing.

They argue that this prohibits the deactivation of SIM cards that have not been re-registered pending the May 13, 2024 hearing.

It is worth noting that the authorities had previously set a deadline of April 30, 2024 for re-registration.

Additionally, Linda Lam, the spokesperson for the “Pa Tous Nou SIM Card” platform, announced a peaceful march on Sunday, April 21, 2024.

The march will begin at Plaza in Rose Hill starting from 11 a.m.

Source: Defi Media

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