Delhi, 10 Nov: The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to give an urgent hearing to a plea challenging the decision of the union government to demonetise notes of Rs 500 and 1,000.
A division bench of the apex court chaired by Justice Anil R Dave today decided to hear the plea filed by Uttar Pradesh-based advocate Sangam Lal Pandey on November 15, provided the petition was numbered by the administrative side of the Supreme Court and listed for hearing on that day next week.
The petition was filed in the Top Court on Wednesday demanding a judicial order quashing the government’s decision to “immediately discontinue” the circulation of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 currency notes and give the citizens a reasonable opportunity to organize their lives.
The writ petition filed by Supreme Court advocate Sangam Lal Pandey is likely to be mentioned for an early hearing.
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the Rs 500 and Rs 100 will not be legal tender from November 8-9 midnight to fight the black money menace.
In the petition, Pandey labeled the announcement as a “Tughlaki Farman” — a term fashioned after the medieval Indian ruler Mohammed bin Tughlaq whose decisions to change the capital from Delhi and currency had boomeranged.
The petition asked the apex court to “quash this illegal and arbitrary announcement without giving any opportunity to the poor citizens of India.”
In the petition he urged the top court to direct the government “to provide a stipulated time to citizens for making alternative arrangements for necessary activities, may it be medical, educational, weddings, farming, etc.”
He said that several private hospitals that have refused to take payment in cash which may delay “serious operations,” he said.
He also expressed that thousands of weddings scheduled from November 9 to 11 might have to be canceled and a large number of people are suffering due to the major move, he said in the petition.