Demonetisation case in Supreme Court: Supreme Court termed the government’s request to postpone the hearing in the demonetisation case as ‘shameful’
New Delhi: Demonetisation case in Supreme Court – 58 petitions challenging the decision of demonetisation of the Modi government, appearing for the Center from the Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court, the Attorney General, appearing for the Center, was asked to adjourn the proceedings saying that the affidavit was not ready. . The court said that the Constitution Bench does not work like this and it is a very uncomfortable situation.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday adjourned till November 24 the hearing on petitions challenging the 2016 decision of the central government to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denomination notes. A five-judge constitution bench headed by Justice SA Nazeer adjourned the hearing. Earlier, Attorney General R. Venkataramani had sought time to file a comprehensive affidavit in the matter. (Demonetisation case in Supreme Court)
The bench also included Justice BR Gavai, Justice AS Bopanna, Justice V. Ramasubramaniam and Justice BV Nagarathna. Venkataramani apologized for not being able to prepare the complete affidavit and sought one week’s time. Justice Nagarathna said that normally a Constitution Bench does not function like this and it is very uncomfortable. (Demonetisation case in Supreme Court)
According to the Indian Express, Justice Nagarathna said, “Normally a Constitution Bench never adjourns like this. We never wake up like this once we start. It is extremely shameful for this court.’ Senior advocate Shyam Divan, appearing for petitioner Vivek Narayan Sharma, said that it is very unusual to ask the Constitution Bench to adjourn the hearing. Senior advocate P. Chidambaram, appearing for one of the parties, said that this is an uncomfortable situation.
After this, the top court gave a week’s time to the central government to file an affidavit. The bench is hearing 58 petitions challenging the Centre’s decision of demonetisation on November 8, 2016.
Significantly, on 16 December 2016, a bench headed by the then Chief Justice TS Thakur had referred the validity of the decision of the central government and other related matters to a larger five-judge bench for official decision. (Demonetisation case in Supreme Court)
At the same time, the petitioners opposing the government’s decision have been saying that it involves issues of constitutional importance. They have argued that the question is still largely alive as to whether the government can invoke the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934 to demonetise the entire currency of a particular category and if this is not answered, the government can do so in the future. I can repeat. (Demonetisation case in Supreme Court)
At the same time, the court has earlier said that it will examine the procedure adopted and the manner in which demonetisation was implemented. On October 12, the bench had said, “The understanding of the government is one aspect of the matter, and we know where the Lakshman Rekha is.” But the manner in which it has been done and the procedure adopted can be checked. For this we need to hear…'(Input-PTI)
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