HC dismisses plea seeking relaxation of Rs. 2.5 lakh withdrawal limit for weddings

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Delhi, 30 Nov: The Delhi High Court dismissed the plea seeking relaxation of Rs. 2.5 lakh withdrawal limit for weddings, after demonetisation.

The plea has sought that old currency notes of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 should be accepted for paying court fees.

In its petition, it said that cap of Rs 2.5 lakh withdrawal for marriages should be relaxed as there were various “customary donations” which one gives during the wedding ceremony.

Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Sanjay Jain, who appeared for the Centre, earlier told the bench that government has already given relaxation and if certain conditions are not there in place, anyone can misuse it.

“We cannot have an unmeasured and uncanalised situation. We have given exemptions. For wedding, if we will not put conditions, anybody can get a marriage card printed and go to the bank to withdraw Rs 2.5 lakh,” the ASG said.

Regarding the issue of payment of court fees, the bench asked Jain, “We understand that they are accepting it (old currency) for court fees?”

Responding to this, the ASG said that old currency of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 was accepted as court fees and government has given various relaxation on issues concerning common people.

He, however, added that Rs 100 and the new note of Rs 500 are in the market and could also be used for paying court fees.

The petioner asked the bench that some kind of liberty should be given to the parents of the bride and groom to withdraw money as per their requirements and the Rs 2.5 lakh cap should be relaxed.

 

Wefornews Bureau

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