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Delhi HC to hear plea on govt’s ‘double standards’ on demonetisation today

Petitioner Pooja Mahajan, running a designer showroom, mentioned the matter pleading urgency on the ground that she is being deprived of earning her livelihood and her fundamental rights are being infringed
Delhi High Court

Delhi High Court will hear a plea against demonetisation on Tuesday that argued that once the currency was invalidated, then how could the government direct certain public utilities, including hospitals and petrol pumps, to accept old notes.

A bench of Justice BD Ahmed and Justice Jayant Nath will hear the plea, which also sought discontinuation of the new Rs 2,000 currency note, terming the move as “unconstitutional and bad in law”.

Petitioner Pooja Mahajan, running a designer showroom, mentioned the matter pleading urgency on the ground that she is being deprived of earning her livelihood and her fundamental rights are being infringed.

She also blamed the government for taking a dual stand saying on one hand it was encouraging people to deposit old notes in bank accounts, and on the other hand threatening them of prosecution for depositing over Rs 2.5 lakh.

Advocates A Maitri and Radhika Chandrashekhar, counsel for the petitioner, urged the court to quash various notifications with regard to demonetisation issued on and after November 8, saying these were in contravention of the Constitution of India and Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Act.

Section 24 of the RBI Act deals with the denomination of notes which empowers the RBI and Centre to issue bank notes for various denominations as mentioned in section 24 (1) and (2) of the Act, the plea said.

“Till date, the government has not issued any notification under section 24 (2) of the RBI Act for discontinuing currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000,” it said.

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