Supreme Court, which can still stay demonetisation, told the troubles will end in 10-15 days

The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre whether the demonetisation decision was taken in absolute secrecy.

Supreme Court, which can still stay demonetisation, told the troubles will end in 10-15 days

The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre whether the demonetisation decision was taken in absolute secrecy.

"When you made the policy on demonetization? Was it confidential?' the apex court asked. The SC was hearing a batch of petitions and public interest litigations (PILs) challenging the demonetization policy of the Central government, which came into effect on the midnight of November 8.

Appearing on behalf of the petitioner, noted lawyer Prashant Bhushan told the Supreme Court that there was no preparation from the government to deal with the impending situation caused by demonetisation.



The government today told the Supreme Court that the problems being faced by people will be over in "10-15 days".

Chief Justice of India TS Thakur asked the Centre as to why the order of granting limit of Rs 24,000 per day to a person had not been complied with.


Representing the government, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told the court that the government had taken all the necessary steps to ease inconveniences of the general public.

"There was no cash in ATMs, recalibration was not done well and cooperative banks were being discriminated against," Prashant Bhushan told the apex court.

The apex court had on November 18 refused to put a stay on hearings in various High Courts and lower courts related to the demonetisation of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 currency notes.


Several petitions were filed, including one by Vivek Narayan Sharma, against the demonetisation that has caused chaos across the nation. The petitioners have questioned the government's rationale and modus operandi behind the implementation of the policy as it has reportedly caused more than 90 deaths.


The Centre in its affidavit had told the apex court that demonetisation is a step to reduce the ratio of cash transactions, adding the objective is to unearth illegal parallel economy.

Citizens in Hyderabad on Friday morning blocked road protesting against demonetisation as they were refused new notes at SBI Tolichowki branch.



In Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh also tense situation was observed as people pelted stones at SBI branch due to non-availability of cash.