Madurai, 22 Nov: In the latest move against the demonetisation, a PIL was filed in the Madras High Court on Monday demanding to declare new Rs 2,000 currency notes as “invalid.
In the petition, it has contended that the value was printed in “Devanagari form of numerals”, which is not authorised by the Constitution.
The Petition filed by KPT Ganesan, a local DMK functionary stated that the numerals on the note were printed in Devanagiri, which is against the Official Languages Act, 1963, under which there is no provision for use of Devanagiri numerals.
He asserted that the Constitution allows the use of international form of Indian numerals for any official purpose of the Union.
Though there was a provision that Parliament may pass a law to use Devanagari form of numerals on currency notes, after 15 years of the commencement of the Constitution, such an act had not been passed, providing for the use of the Devanagari form of numerals, he contended.
Ganesan stated that under the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934, there was no provision to print bank notes of Rs 2,000 denomination without the recommendation of the Central Board.
Hence, it was just and necessary to declare the currency notes of denomination Rs 2000 as “not valid”, he said.
After hearing the arguments, the bench in Madurai posted the matter for hearing on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on November 8 withdraw legal tender of high-value currency notes to curb the black money in the counrty.