“We have decided to extend the ban by a day in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs in the wake of the Ayodhya verdict, which is to be pronounced today," a senior DoT official said.
The ban on bulk text and multimedia messages was earlier declared till Thursday, Sep 30 on fears that the messaging services can be used to instigate violence in the aftermath of the Ayodhya verdict.
The earlier statement issued by the Ministry of Communications read, "The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has today issued orders in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs to all Mobile Telecom Service Providers in the country that all bulk SMS and all bulk MMS messages shall remain banned in all service areas till September 30."
Allahabad High Court will on Sep 30 deliver its judgment in the Ram Temple-Babri Masjid land dispute case. Security has been beefed up across the country and ban orders are in place in sensitive states identified by the Centre.