Plea against demonetisation in SC, Centre too files caveat

RSTV Bureau

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As Supreme Court decided to hear the petition challenging demonetisation of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes next week Tuesday, the Centre filed a caveat seeking bench not to grant any ex-parte order.

“Let it be listed on Tuesday if the petition gets numbered by the registry,” a three-judge bench headed by Justice AR Dave said when a lawyer today sought urgent hearing of his plea on the ground that demonetisation is causing a lot of problem to the common citizens.

The government also filed a caveat in the apex court registry saying that it be heard if the court entertains and passes some directions on the petitions.

The plea, filed by advocate Sangam Lal Pandey, has sought quashing of the November 8 notification of the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) of Finance Ministry on the grounds that the common public has not been granted sufficient time and as a result they are facing a lot of hardship.

The PIL has also sought a direction to the Centre that sufficient time be given to the citizens for exchanging the demonetised currency notes.

Besides this petition, another plea was filed Wednesday in the apex court seeking quashing of the decision to demonetise Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 currency notes on grounds that it infringed on citizens’ right to life and to trade, among others.

The PIL filed by Delhi-based lawyer Vivek Narayan Sharma, which could be listed for hearing during the week, has termed the notification of DEA as “dictatorial” claiming it did not grant reasonable time to citizens for exchanging the specified bank notes to legitimate notes to avoid “large scale mayhem, life threating difficulties”.

The plea has sought either quashing of the notification or a direction to the Centre for grant of “reasonable time frame” to citizens for exchanging the demonetised currency notes to avoid difficulties.

The Prime Minister, in a televised address to the nation on November 8, had declared that high denomination notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 will not be legal tender from November 8 midnight. He had said that the Government has declared a “decisive” war against black money and corruption.

(With inputs from the PTI)