Judiciary on demonetisation: 5 things courts said about the cash crisis

Appearing for the Centre, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi had expected the Supreme Court to issue directions to courts not to hear demonetisation-related cases.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:November 19, 2016 12:24 pm
demonetisation, judiciary demonetisation, courts demonetisation, demonetisation effect, note ban, 500 notes banned, atm lines, atm queues, bank queues, pm modi demonetisation, india news People standing in long queues to exchange their old Rs 500 and 1000 notes and withdraw cash from the ATM in New Delhi on Thursday. (Source: PTI Photo)

In the aftermath of the government’s decision to demonetise high currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000, the judiciary has spoken on the issue while hearing petitions related to the move to ban the same. On Friday, the Supreme Court bench, led by Chief Justice of India T S Thakur and Justice A R Dave, observed that queues outsides banks and ATMs indicated a crisis scenario for the people. While the apex court also asked both parties to be ready with data in writing explaining the multiple sides to the demonetisation decision, Calcutta High Court stressed upon the need for measures to control the crisis.

*Supreme Court: “Last time you said there will be relief for people in the coming days but you have squeezed the exchange limit to Rs 2,000 only. What is the difficulty?… It is a serious issue which requires consideration.”

*Calcutta High Court: The bench highlighted the needs for “some measures to alleviate the sufferings of the common people.” It also said the move was taken without sufficient homework.

*Supreme Court: “Some measures are required. See the kind of problems people are facing. It is a crisis. People have to go to the high court. If we shut them from going to the high court, how can we know the magnitude of the problem. People going to different courts indicates the magnitude of the problem,”

*Supreme Court: “Ordinary people are affected. People are frantic. People have the right to approach courts.” Asking the Centre to see the difficulties, the bench said, “Can you (the Centre) dispute?”

*Calcutta High Court: The court said there must be some measured for those having illness or some kind of urgency. It also said that “medical institutions, private and public transport — rail, air, bus — and also essential commodities” should not be affected by demonetisation.

Appearing for the Centre on Friday, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi had expected the Supreme Court to issue directions to courts not to hear demonetisation-related cases. However, the bench led by CJI concluded that if they stopped people from going to courts, they would not be able to assess the magnitude of the problem. After the court rejected Centre’s plea, Rohatgi said they would file a transfer petition. The matter will now be heard on November 25. The Calcutta High Court will also be hearing a plea made on behalf of disabled people seeking a modification which would allow the disabled people to have an authorised representative exchange their money.

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    Nov 20, 2016 at 3:27 am
    CJI THAKUR IS BEING VINDICATIVE .lt;br/gt;AS HE IS AGAINST MODI GOVTlt;br/gt;Court should not interfere in policy decisions as many high courts earlier refused to accept such peions but THAKUR is exploiting situation so that he can trouble Modi and take his revenge
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      Chander Pal
      Nov 19, 2016 at 7:42 am
      Its surprising we can not have any views about the lordships.(1) Can we the ordinary citizens request for S C to wake up at 3 am for any matter. The Court was set up for an accused involving terror. (2) Judges appointing judges is not fair. (3) There are glaring cases which lingered on for over 20 years and the persons were arrested. Suddenly so odd 'new developments' were discovered and the same persons were freed within a couple of days.
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        Jayo khan
        Nov 19, 2016 at 8:12 am
        Builders are accepting the old currency as per I.T survey in noida . what a Joke ion poor's . we were resilience by birth and die in similar conditions.
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        Jayo khan
        Nov 19, 2016 at 8:21 am
        Contact ostwal builders tel no 28557777 ask them how they will facilitate house buying in Mira road and see the response – Ner sonde
        1. Z
          Nov 19, 2016 at 8:58 am
          It's a clear violation of human rights, common people are suffering.
          1. V
            Nov 19, 2016 at 9:00 am
            Ok , but what they (SC)did for 60 years .
          2. V
            Nov 19, 2016 at 9:14 am
            That is why now govt try to wipe corruption including the above post.
            1. V
              Nov 19, 2016 at 10:19 am
              It is surprising that the judges are treated as demi gods in India , who can adjudicate any matter under the sun. What is the competence of our My Lords where they can interfere in such matters of national interest?
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