Centre seeks stay on cases challenging demonetisation

New Delhi, Nov 17, 2016: The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear tomorrow a fresh plea of Centre seeking to stay multiple proceedings institutes in various High Courts and lower courts except the apex court against government’s demonetisation of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes.

A bench comprising justices AR Dave and AM Khanwilkar agreed to the contention of Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the Centre, said when the SC is already seized of the matter, other courts should not officiate over separate litigation on the identical issue.

The bench said the matter will be heard by another bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur which is hearing a batch of PILs against the Centre’s demonetisation move.

Earlier this week, the apex court had denied putting a stay on government’s demonetisation notification but asked it to describe the steps taken to minimise public inconvenience.

However, it asked the Centre to take immediate measures to ease the hardships and sufferings of the common man who is “forced” to stand in queues to withdraw his own money.

Out of the four Public interest litigation (PILs) in the SC on demonetisation issue, two were registered by Delhi-based lawyers Vivek Narayan Sharma and Sangam Lal Pandey, while two others were filed by individuals, S Muthukumar and Adil Alvi.

The petitioners had alleged that the sudden decision has created chaos to public at large and the notification of the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance be either quashed or deferred for some time.

 Wefornews Bureau

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