FIR against RBI Governor Urjit Patel for cheating and conspiracy
Congress lawmaker from Rajasthan Vishwendra Singh has filed a complaint against Reserve Bank of India governor Urjit Patel after his bank in Bharatpur failed to give him Rs 10,000 cash.
Singh, on Thursday, had gone to Oriental Bank of Commerce in Bharatpur to withdraw Rs 10,000 cash. He stood in line at the bank for about an hour to withdraw new currency, but he was told that the bank had only Rs. 3 lakh in cash and could not offer him more than Rs. 2,000.
Singh, who wants charges of cheating and conspiracy against the RBI governor and a top official of the bank, has asked why RBI didn’t print adequate currency notes if it already knew about the demonetisation.
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Singh in exasperation went to the police station and demanded to file an FIR against the RBI Governor. He says the RBI should be punished for not supplying enough new cash to banks.
“Though the police have accepted my complaint, they didn’t register an FIR under cheating and criminal conspiracy against Mr Urijit Patel and the branch manager of the Oriental Bank at Bharatpur. I will now move the court,” he said.
The police said they will file an FIR only after a proper investigation into Singh’s complaint.
A batch of Public Interest Litigations (PIL) were filed in the Supreme Court seeking quashing of the government’s decision to demonetise Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 currency notes. The pleas sought quashing of the government’s decision on the grounds that it infringed citizens’ right to life and trade among others.
The Supreme Court had refused to stay Narendra Modi government’s demonetisation drive, but at the same time asked the Centre to explain steps it has taken or will take to deal with the chaos outside banks and ATMs.