The Supreme Court fixed the hearing on pleas challenging the constitutional validity of the decision to demonetise currency notes of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 on December 2. Even after three weeks of the announcement people are still finding it tough due to cash crunch. A bench consisting of Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justice D Y Chandrachud said it would examine aspects inconvenience faced by the people due to demonetisation and its constitutional validity of the matter on Friday.
It also asked Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, who appeared for the Centre, to file additional affidavit, if any, on the steps taken by the government to ease the situation after the November 8 move. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, who appeared for one of the petitioners challenging Centre’s decision to ban high value notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000, said the court should start hearing the matter today.
However, Rohatgi opposed it saying that let all petitioners, who have approached some high courts on the matter , come to the top court which would decide on the matter on December 2 as to whether it or the Delhi High Court would hear all of them.
The Centre recently moved the Supreme Court requesting transfer of all the appeals pending in various high courts to either the Supreme Court or any one of the high courts. Yesterday, the government had filed an affidavit in the top court on demonetisation saying that the move would flush out black money from the country.