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Delhi High Court dismisses plea against Rs 2.5 lakh withdrawal cap for weddings

Reserving their November 28 ruling on the pleas the high court said the government has given "relaxation" on the demonetisation issue
Delhi High Court

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday dismissed a petition asking for a relaxation of the threshold of Rs 2.5 lakh withdrawal for marriages.

A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal said: “The writ petition is dismissed,” on the plea which termed the guidelines which ask detailed list of persons to whom the cash will be paid for marriage as “arbitrary”.

Reserving their November 28 ruling on the pleas the high court said the government has given “relaxation” on the demonetisation issue.

The government had opposed the plea earlier mentioning the exemptions and added that some measures were necessary to avoid misuse of it.

“We cannot have an unmeasured and uncanalised situation. We have given exemptions. For weddings, if we will not put conditions, anybody can get a marriage card printed and go to the bank to withdraw Rs 2.5 lakh,” Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain, had told the bench while appearing for the Centre.

Petitioner Birender Sangwan had said in his plea that the limit of Rs 2.5 lakh withdrawal for marriages should be relaxed as there were various “customary donations” exchanged during a wedding.

“Liberty must be given for marriages so that one can pay as per the customs. How can somebody give such an undertaking? As per the guidelines, even the priest who performs marriages has to give undertaking of not having a bank account. The parents of the bride and groom should be allowed to withdraw money from their accounts without such arbitrary conditions,” the plea had said.

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