New Delhi, Nov 25: The Supreme Court is slated to hear the plea challenging the constitutional validity of demonetization and the inconvenience caused to the people due to it on December 2.
A bench chaired by Chief Justice T.S. Thakur and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud earlier said it would first hold a hearing on the inconvenience faced by the public and steps taken to address them.
“You tell us what is the situation on the ground and what needs to be done,” the bench asked as senior counsel Kapil Sibal to appear for one of the petitioners who challenged the move.
The apex court later agreed to hold the hearing on both aspects as Sibal urged the court to hold a preliminary hearing either on Tuesday (November 29) or Thursday (December 1) on the validity of the decision.
However, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said that the petitions presently before the court should be heard along with other petitions which the Union government was seeking to be transferred to either to the apex court itself or Delhi High Court.
“Have it on Friday (December 2), so that everybody can be heard. There can’t be piecemeal hearing (of the matter),” he told the bench.
Sibal said that Section 26 of the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934, does not give the government) the power to curtail people’s right to withdraw their own money.
Advocate Manohar Lal Sharma – known for filing PILs, described the demonetization decision as a “conspiracy” and “corruption”, alleging insider dealings in the process. Sharma told the court that demonetization decision has brought suffering to the ordinary people with leaders both on the ruling side and in the opposition, ranks go unscathed.
It cited that hearing on the validity of the demonetisation could take place later. Later, The the Top court agreed to hold the hearing on both the aspects.