NEW DELHI: The Supreme court has on Friday refused to accept the Central government’s plea to refrain high courts and other subordinate courts from hearing petitions on demonetization. The court commented that it cannot stop the citizens who are facing difficulties from voicing their concerns.
However, the Supreme court allowed the central government to request the lower courts to transfer the cases related to demonetization to one high court.
Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court detailing the measures taken by the government to tackle inconvenience caused due to demonetization. He said that the whole process of demonetization is being monitored from the highest-level on a day-to-day basis. He also added that the government will soon normalize the situation, highlighting that the queues before the banks are getting shorter.
Noting the government’s move to reduce the exchange limits from Rs 4,500 to Rs 2000, the Supreme Court enquired advocate Rohatgi on whether there was a shortage of Rs 100 notes too. Rohatgi clarified that the limitation was to control the conversion of black money to white. “It was necessary to bring down the exchange limit as people have started misusing it to turn black money to white. The government could not remain silent and has countered it”, he said.
The same has been confirmed by the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley during a media interaction, this evening. He said that the limitations will continue to be in place until the demonetization process comes to an end.
Earlier, during the hearing of the demonetization case, a verbal battle took place between Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi and politician cum advocate Kapil Sibal. Mukul Rohatgi criticized Kapil Sibal of politicizing the court proceedings adding that he should not forget that he was an advocate in the first place, pointing to his media meetings against the government. Kapil Sibal responded saying that he had the freedom of Speech to criticize the policies of the government and that Mr Rohatgi has nothing to do with it. “I am not talking about politics in the courtroom, we are battling for the inconvenience caused to people because of the government’s ill-planned demonetization move”, Mr.Sibal said.
The apex court directed Mr.Kapil Sibal to file documents supporting his claims, while posting the case for further hearing on November 25.