1. Note ban deadline: AG tells SC, ‘Law will prevail over PM Narendra Modi’s words’

Note ban deadline: AG tells SC, ‘Law will prevail over PM Narendra Modi’s words’

The central government’s top law officer, attorney-general Mukul Rohatgi, told the Supreme Court Tuesday that the “law will prevail over” Prime Minister Narendra Modi in deciding that people cannot be allowed to deposit demonetised currency after December 30, 2016.

By: | New Delhi | Published: March 22, 2017 8:23 AM
Note ban deadline: AG tells SC, ‘Law will prevail over PM Narendra Modi’s words’.

The central government’s top law officer, attorney-general Mukul Rohatgi, told the Supreme Court Tuesday that the “law will prevail over” Prime Minister Narendra Modi in deciding that people cannot be allowed to deposit demonetised currency after December 30, 2016.
Rohatgi’s statement came in the wake of contentions that the government had wronged the people by issuing an ordinance to restrict the deposit of demonetised currency till December 30, 2016, after the Prime Minister had declared that old notes
could be deposited till March 31, 2017.
“There is no question of PM’s speech…if PM says March 31, 2017 but the law says December 30, 2016, the law will prevail over the PM. Let’s be clear about that first,” the A-G submitted before a bench led by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar.
The bench said the “nation has to know” through an affidavit whether the government was willing to give another chance to people to deposit old currency and if not, why.
As the bench, also comprising justices DY Chandrachud and Sanjay K Kaul, referred repeatedly to the Prime Minister’s speech of November 8, Rohatgi sought to assert that after the ordinance, the position had changed in law and that all that had to be looked into now was the effect of the the Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of liabilities) Ordinance, 2016.
“We are not at the PM’s speech anymore. We are at a law and the law says you cannot deposit it after December 30 if you don’t fall in the category of people who were abroad. Neither the PM nor the RBI governor can now exercise discretion or jurisdiction to entertain the requests for extending the deadline now,” said the AG when the bench questioned why was the deadline changed after Modi’s assurance.

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