Dismissing a PIL challenging the Rs 2.5 lakh limit on cash withdrawals for weddings, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday said there is no restriction on “non-cash” transactions, which could be used to make payments.
The bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal noted that the condition put by the government — under which the person withdrawing cash has to get a declaration from the vendors that they do not have a bank account — to allow withdrawal of cash for weddings was also “not untenable” because the declaration has been made mandatory only where the payment is over Rs 10,000.
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“Restrictions on inflow of liquid cash might have resulted in some inconvenience to the public. However, since there is no restriction at all with regard to use of any non-cash method of operating bank accounts of a person… we are of the view that the contentions raised by the petitioner are without substance,” said the bench.
It added, “The law is well settled that on matters affecting policy, this court will not interfere unless the policy is unconstitutional or contrary to statutory provisions or arbitrary or irrational or in abuse of power. Since policy decisions are taken based on expert knowledge, the courts are normally not equipped to question the correctness of the same.”
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