Demonetisation is ‘illegal’, can’t be done without legislation: Manish Tewari

He said that at some point in time the court would look at the legality of demonetisation in addition to the inconvenience it has caused to the people.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: November 24, 2016 2:41 am
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CONGRESS LEADER Manish Tewari on Wednesday said the government’s move to scrap Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes was “illegal”, adding that it cannot be done without legislation.

“The demonetisation is completely illegal. You cannot demonetise by executive action. Twice earlier when it happened, it happened through ordinance and legislation… In my opinion… you cannot even introduce the Rs 2,000 note without amending the RBI Act and including Rs 2,000 as one of the currencies to be issued,” he said.

“In my respectful opinion… without invoking financial emergency you cannot impose arbitrary limits on people withdrawing their own money… Without legislation you cannot take away property from people and currency is property under Article 300 A of the Constitution. At some point of time the courts may rule on the legality of it but by that time the horse would have bolted from the stable,” he said at a function to release his book “Decoding a Decade 2006-2016 — The Politics of Policy Making”.

He was interacting with senior journalist H K Dua. Asked about tension between the judiciary and government, Tiwari said it was fine for the judiciary and the executive to have a different view.

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    farzi kumar
    Nov 24, 2016 at 4:33 am
    Who let this open his mouth. lt;br/gt;According to RBI ACT 1934 it can issue notes upto 10k denomination. lt;br/gt;Fundamental Right to property wont stand a chance even in front of a 1st year law school dropout, as demonetisation is not snatching your right to property its just exchange of property. lt;br/gt;;br/gt;;br/gt;People like him are the perfect example that "just because you know english does not make you a rational and intelligent person"
    1. F
      Nov 24, 2016 at 1:00 am
      1. N
        Nov 24, 2016 at 2:13 am
        Congress mukt Bharat might soon be a reality because of these worthies.
        1. M
          Nov 24, 2016 at 3:00 am
          Manish is a former IandB minister anda practising Adv the S.C.He is a legal luminaryandis well versed in law.If he holds the opinion that demonetisation is illegal,he should take recourse to courtandfurther the cause of his congress party which is spearheading a campaign against the scheme.Giving opinion,making press releases,taking part in TV debatesandexpressing opinion,all these are publicity stunts.If he is serious,let him file a peion in the court to quash the measure.
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            IML sood
            Nov 24, 2016 at 3:40 am
            Perhaps people will recall he is the same, so called Cong. leader who called Anna,as a corrupt man from head to feet and than apologise after much noise.Rajibaba is right to say that his frustration is due to the fact that he is compelled to use all his thousands rupees notes bundles as toilet papers. Shameless creature.
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              jayaram reddi
              Nov 24, 2016 at 1:51 am
              The continuation of Congress as a party after independence is illegal.
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                KS KUMAR
                Nov 24, 2016 at 1:35 am
                The biggest joke in the world will be Congress speaking about illegality. Have they done anything so far legally. How was Manmohan and his cabinet who had taken oath on consution were revealing all the State matters to Sonia, Rahul, Vadra everyday. Was it legal.
                1. M
                  Nov 24, 2016 at 5:45 am
                  I agree. It is illegal to put restrictions to draw their own money. People will loose faith in the banking system. Any who cares for legality, morality or humanity in this govt.
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