The Supreme Court on Friday refused to stay the hearings in various High Courts and lower courts on matters related to demonetisation. The Union government had filed an application seeking the Supreme Court’s order to not entertain any petitions anywhere in India regarding the issue of demonetisation as the matter is still sub judice. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi cited the examples of the 2G case and the coal allotment scam in which the Supreme Court had passed similar orders.
The Supreme Court, however, asked Rohatgi to file a transfer petition if the government wants a stay. The next hearing is scheduled on November 25. The apex court also expressed its concerns over the problems faced by the common man. Attorney General Rohatgi said that the government would file a transfer petition, seeking transfer of all the pending case across the country regarding the matter. The Chief Justice observed that the matter can be heard by the Delhi High Court.
Meanwhile, a freshly writ petition by ML Sharma on the issue seeks the prosecution of Arun Jaitley for allegedly “leaking the information to a few selected insiders”. The petition also carries the newspaper reports of the demonetisation plan in Gujarati, dated as early as April 1, 2016, in Akhila and Dainik Jagran. M L Sharma also filed another petition seeking a stay on the new Rs 2000 note as its pink colour tends to come off. The Chief Justice observed that this issue may be brought up again on November 25 and heard along with the demonetisation case.